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#MeToo Vipul Shah tried to kiss me, touched my butt: Sacred Games actress

Sacred Games actress Elnaaz Norouzi has alleged director Vipul Shah tried to kiss her several times during Namaste England ‘auditions’. The Iranian model-turned-actress said Vipul invited her to his room at the shoot location and touched her butt. “I was mentally tortured for three months. It was evident… if I slept with Vipul, I would get the part,” Elnaaz added.

 

In a long account in published in Mid-Day, Elnaaz details how Vipul kept her in the running for a small role in his film for months without ever actually casting her. She says he took several auditions of her but kept postponing signing her up for the film. “I met him again in his office, and again he mentioned, “We will sign the papers over the next couple of days.” This time, when we were saying bye, he came on to me. It was too close for comfort. I didn’t get the right vibe. He gave a peck on my face. I didn’t expect it,” she said.

She says he would try to kiss her every time she met him in his office and also touched her inappropriately in a hotel. “The next time we met at his office, he tried to kiss me. I backed off, said, ‘What are you doing? We are in your office!’ I pushed him away, being affirmative; but careful enough not to come across as rude, because I really wanted the film,” she said.

 

Elnaaz said Vipul got her to come to the shoot location for Namaste England in Patiala without ever signing her up for the film. He took another audition of her there but still did not tell her the story of the film. “He said, “Come to my room. I will make you hear the script.” At this point, he touched my butt, and dragged me towards himself. I dodged him, went to my room, and sat there wondering if I should just give in,” she said. Elnaaz was then signed for Netflix’s Sacred Games and says that Vipul tried his best to make her quit the project. “He said that he would launch me in a big way. It was a girl-next-door part in Namaste England, and that he was clear he would not be able to cast me, as a result of Sacred Games, and that I should skip the offer, since they would make me do nude scenes,” she said.

Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and director Vipul Amrutlal Shah at the song launch of their upcoming film Namaste England in Mumbai. (IANS)

Elnaaz says it was ‘evident’ that Vipul wanted sexual favours from her in exchange of a role in his film. “I was mentally tortured for three months. It was evident that if I slept with Vipul, I would get the part. Every time I went to his office, he tried (to hit) on me. He (would) inappropriately touch me, and (try to) kiss me,” she said.

She added that she didn’t report him to the police as she is not an Indian national and she feared the police complaint might create work visa issues for her. However, she decided to share her story so that ‘disgusting people to stop misusing their power’.

He pushed me in bed: Woman accuses Malinga of sexual harassment

Singer Chinmayi tweeted a note by a woman who accused Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga of sexually harassing her in a Mumbai hotel. The woman alleged she was looking for her friend when she bumped into Malinga, who took her to his room claiming her friend was there. “He…pushed me in…bed and proceeded to climb onto my face,” she added

 

Here is what she shared :

STREE actress Flora Saini reveals being ASSAULTED by producer Gaurang Doshi, shares broken jaw pic

 

Actress Flora Saini, who recently featured in ‘Stree’, has accused producer Gaurang Doshi of physical abuse while sharing pictures on Facebook.

 

“That’s me.. Valentine’s day 2007 beaten up by a known producer “Gaurang Doshi’ who I loved n was dating then .. this was the last of the one year abuse I took..came out with a fractured jaw n a scarred soul for life..
I realised me talking about it ,that time, jus went against me ,cos he was the powerful one n nobody wanted to believe some girl who was relatively new in the industry, it was his word against mine ,and of course, his word mattered.
He threatened me that he will make sure I never work in the industry again n much more..  n he did his best to make me believe it too.. I was replaced in films, people didn’t quiet wanna even meet me or let me audition

I thot I made a mistake, I shud have  jus kept quiet ..I wanted to runaway, hide n be somewhere where people didn’t look at me with judging eyes n cud only jus give me work.. n not judge me by the abuse I suffered at the hands of gaurang doshi with no fault of mine.
N mind u there were girls after me who were made to suffer the same way by the same man , they called me for help but weren’t brave enuf to even come out n speak for themselves

This note is for all the people who have chosen to speak

who are standing up against anybody who has done them wrong, no matter how powerful or renowned ..it’s takes guts.. a lot of guts.. the abuser forgets, but the abused carries the baggage forever.. u guys make me so proud to b a woman in this industry today where our voice is being heard where people are not judging us for speaking out against an abuser.. they r actually coming together to make the work space safe for us even more.. to all the people who are standing up to talk n all those who standing up to support..
I bow to you.. ur my SUPERHERO’s  ❤️
& Trust me ..THE WORLD NEEDS MORE OF U

My life after this incident hasn’t been the same n has changed me in ways that I can’t ever repair ..
But one thing I’ve known, believed n lived as a proof is that God alone controls ur destiny n no man can ever challenge him.
Live ur truth, wear it like armour n don’t let anybody make u feel small.. u are not alone this time

Nothing we ever went thru was in vain.. more power to u all.. may u continue to stand tall ..may we heal ,may we be happy n may we shine with love n strength.. knowing we conquered it all..”

 

STREE actress Flora Saini reveals being ASSAULTED by producer Gaurang Doshi

 

Bollywood’s most ‘sanskaari’ actor raped me 20 years ago: Producer Vinta Nanda

 

The producer of 1990’s show ‘Tara’, Vinta Nanda in a Facebook post accused the show’s lead actor and “most Sanskaari person in film and television industry” of raping her almost 20 years ago. “When I woke up…I was in pain…I couldn’t get up from bed,” said Nanda. This seems to be a clear reference to Alok Nath, writes The Quint.

 

Here is  Vinta Nanda’s Facebook post which talk about the assault and trauma she went through:

 

His wife was my best friend.
We were in and out of each other’s homes, we belonged to the same group of friends, most of us from theatre, slowly making our arts shine in the content renaissance, which had taken place because of the satellite television revolution of the 1990’s.

I was producing and writing the No 1 show on TV called Tara.
He was after my lead girl.
She was not interested in him.


He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour but many of the guys would egg him on to be his worst.
My lead female actor was being harassed by him.
He would mess with her on the sets and everyone would be silent.
When she complained to us, we decided to let him go.
We needed one last shot between them and soon after it had been taken we had planned to let him know that we didn’t want to work with him any longer.
He had become aware of our plan and on that day, he came drunk on our sets.
He continued to drink till the time he was called for the shot.
When the moment came and the camera rolled, he felt up our female lead and very viciously.
My lead actress slapped him.
We asked him to leave the sets and told him that he was not going to be on the show any longer.
Life went on without him on the show and common friends intervened to patch us up as friends.
The ratings of the show kept soaring but the management at the channel changed and it started asking us to change the lead actress. 


We said we could not do it but then the management demanded a change of generation story to start and asked us to cook up a younger Tara, who was to appear out of nowhere and was to be later revealed as the original Tara’s daughter, born out of wedlock to her or some such thing.
This also meant that our original Tara would continue with us.
We agreed to go ahead, not that we had much choice, but a day before we were to shoot the new generation story, we were told that the lead actor who had been asked to leave the show was to be brought back. 


We did that because there was no room left for protest under so much oppression that we had by now been subjected to.
We had four more shows running on the same channel, all big on ratings and our refusal to do as we were being told to do meant jeopardising them.
The new generation story went on air and ran for a week.
We were called by the newly appointed CEO of the channel on the Monday of the following week and told to shut down the show, along with all our other shows.
I was insulted and humiliated by the CEO, asked to get out of his office and told that women like me should be thrown out of the country.
All our shows went off air with immediate effect and my production company was made to shut down.
Now is when the worst happened.
I loved my life, I was a successful woman, I smoked and I drank.
I was a liberated person.
I was invited to a party to this mans house, his wife, my best friend was out of town.
It was usual for our group of friends from theatre to meet regularly so there was nothing unusual about my going to the party.
As the evening flowed, my drinks were mixed and I began to feel strange.
Then at around 2am I left his house.
Nobody followed me or offered to drop me home, which was what was rather unusual.
All I knew at the time was that I had to get home. I could sense it wouldn’t be right for me to stay there any longer.
I started to walk home on the empty streets although the distance to my own house was long.
Midway I was accosted by this man who was driving his own car and he asked me to sit in it and said he would drop me home.
I trusted him and sat in his car.
I have faint memory after that.
I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly.
When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain.
I hadn’t just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised.
I couldn’t get up for my bed.
I told some of my friends but everybody advised me to forget about it and move on.
My company was closed but I got a job to write and direct a series for Plus Channel.
The man found his way through the casting route and became one of the lead actors on the show.
He created an environment in which I was made to feel threatened so I asked the producers to release me from directing the series because I didn’t want to be around where he was.
I continued to write the show.
Here’s the most difficult part, the main reason why I have taken so long to come out with the truth.
While I was working on this new series, he asked me to come to his house again and I went to allow him to violate me.
I needed the job and didn’t want to leave it as I needed the money.
It was after this that I quit.
I was completely shattered by then. It was a nervous breakdown I was going through, but I was trying to be brave.
I tried to pick up the threads of my life but channels and networks and sets and rehearsals started to freak me out.
I continued to write, but the couple of times that I pushed myself and found the courage to pitch for shows, I would break down during meetings.
Finally I gave up.
Almost 20 years later, I’m totally fine now, healed and reunited with my own self again.
I’m afraid of speaking to an audience.
For someone like me who was fearless and could talk to large audiences for hours, it is something that bothers me so I’m working on it.
The only reason I’m telling this story now is because I don’t want that any girl should ever fear holding the truth back.
What followed because of my silence was even worse.
I became easy prey because the message had been put out that I was afraid and so I would not open my mouth.
The couple of times that I wrote about what I had gone through created more complications because I stopped getting work.
To deal with all the fear and shame I drank myself silly almost every evening and even flirted with drugs.
I had friends who rallied around me and helped me clean up and restart my life in 2009, which meant that I had lived my trauma for 10 long years.
Social Media also saved me.
I had been done, dusted and buried as a professional but I was back in the face of the world on Facebook and soon on Twitter as well.
I had tremendous support from some friends including their trust, so I became emboldened and bounced back.
I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years.
I shout out to each one of you who have suffered at the hands of predators to come out and say it aloud.
Don’t hold yourselves back.
This is a moment for change so your silence will only hold barriers to its evolution.
Speak out.
Shout out from the top of the roof.
My friend Nutan who is no more took me to the back road of #LokhandwalaComplexin #Andheri where she made me break a 100 empty bottles and I threw them into the mangroves and shouted out all my anger and frustration.
I never looked back after that day.
Irony is that the man, the predator in question here is the actor par excellence who is known as the most #Sanskaari (Cultured) person in the film and television industry.

 

 

Serena Williams sings I Touch Myself topless to raise breast cancer awareness

 

Twenty-three-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has released a video of herself singing Australian rock classic ‘I Touch Myself’ while covering her bare chest with her hands to promote breast cancer awareness. “I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colours, all around the world,” she wrote while sharing the video on Instagram.

 

“Yes, this put me out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to do it because it’s an issue that affects all women of all colours, all around the world. Early detection is key – it saves so many lives. I just hope this helps to remind women of that.

“The music video is part of the I Touch Myself Project which was created in honour of celebrated diva, Chrissy Amphlett, who passed away from breast cancer, and who gave us her hit song to remind women to put their health first.”

 

Watch it on Instagram

Nana Patekar has history of assaulting women: Tanushree Dutta

Actress Tanushree Dutta has said that everyone in the industry knows about actor Nana Patekar’s “history of assaulting women”. She added that she was harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets during the shoot of ‘Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss’ in 2008. “People in the industry know…that he has beaten actresses…molested them…but no publication has printed anything about it,” she further said.

 

She further said, “Everyone has gossiped about this but have never spoken. People with this kind of character speak like this against the kind of character that I have because they say she does glamourous roles so must be glamorous and all. Behind the back, they are so dirty. When you are in the industry you hear so many stories about these actors. But these things never take surface because they are PR packaged very well. They will give some money to some poor farmers. How much they do and how much they don’t no one knows. But all this is just for show.”

 

She also talked about a friend who was overheard an actor talking to a casting director about choosing the female lead in a film. But instead of which was her last film or does she know how to act he said, “Deti hai kya.” She further said about the director saying ‘Aagar deti nhi hai to isko milegi nhi.

She said, “This is the attitude in Bollywood and all the film industries that are working in the country is because dete nhi ho toh film nhi milegi.”

 

15 men stood behind us staring at my t!ts: Actress Karishma Sharma

Actress Karishma Sharma revealed she was eve-teased while visiting Dharamshala with her friend and said, “I saw around 15 men standing behind us; they were…literally staring at my t*ts.” Karishma, who starred in television serials like ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’ and films like ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2’, added the men followed them and she was scared that they would kidnap her.

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Due to these instances, Karishma had to cut short her trip and return to Mumbai.

Karishma shared the whole incident with Bollywood Life and said, “I wanted a quick break and decided to go to Dharamshala. With lush greenery and lots of lakes, it was exactly the kind of place where I wanted to be. One day, I went to a beautiful temple with my friend, and we clicked a few photographs there. However, the minute I turned around, I saw around 15 men standing behind us; they were checking us out in a weird manner; literally staring at my t*ts. I was too scared to say anything to them, and walked out of there. I bumped into a cop on my way down and told him that some guys were eve-teasing me. ‘He just smiled at me and said, Arre kaun chhed raha hai? Koi nahi hai.’ I was taken aback with his response”.

 

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I was drunk and woke up naked with a man in his room: UK singer

In an interview, the award winner singer Lily Allen has warned that, even in the wake of the #MeToo movement, industry insiders remain silent about the scale of the problem.

Describing a hierarchical world that “allows and sometimes even endorses toxic behaviour by men towards women”, Allen details an industry which trades in “a potent mix of sex, youth and availability” in her memoir “My Thoughts Exactly”, to be published later this month.

The 33-year-old, who has previously discussed in general terms an incident where a powerful industry figure abused her, recounts the details of her experience with a record industry executive who assaulted her after she had fallen asleep in his hotel bed.

She says the man — whom she wanted to name in the book but did not after legal advice from her publisher — settled her in his own hotel room after she had got “smashed” at a party, and left her to sleep it off.

Then, Allen alleged: “I woke up at 5 am because I could feel someone next to me pressing their naked body against my back. I was naked, too. I could feel someone trying to put their penis inside my vagina and slapping my arse as if I were a stripper in a club. I moved away as quickly as possible and jumped out of the bed, full of alarm…I found my clothes quickly…and ran out of his room and into my own.”

Allen says she blamed herself for the assault because she had been drinking, reports theguardian.com.

She expressed her frustration that she did not confront or report the man’s behaviour, and carried on working with him, explaining that she felt silenced because he had more power and money than her, and that she feared being labelled “hysterical” and a “difficult woman”.

Allen says she did not report the attack because she saw no point and feared she would be seen as unreliable.

She also revealed that, after returning to London following the alleged assault, she consulted a lawyer and signed an affidavit documenting her recollection of events because “I wanted it on record that I’d been sexually abused by someone I worked with”.