Filmmaker Sajid Khan is currently making headlines for his tenure on Salman Khan’s controversial reality show, ‘Bigg Boss 16’. The ‘Housefull’ director faced some serious backlash for his time on the show after he was accused in 2017’s infamous ‘MeToo’ movement.
Sajid Khan has been accused by several Bollywood actresses, including Sherlyn Chopra and Mandana Karimi, of sexually harassing them in exchange for roles in his films. The filmmaker’s entry into the series didn’t go down well with social media, who immediately demanded his exit from “Bigg Boss 16.”
Not just Sajid Khan, other popular Hindi film celebrities were also accused in the 2017 movement where women came out and spoke of being sexually harassed by filmmakers and actors. In Throwback Thursday, take a look at these 5 Bollywood personalities who have also been charged in the movement that has rocked the entire industry:
Anu Malik has been accused by singer Sona Mohapatra of referring to her with derogatory terms, including the Hindi word “maal”. Another singer, Shweta Pandit, also spoke about an incident that happened nearly 21 years ago when she visited the former Indian Idol judge for an audition in Mumbai.
Shortly after, Anu Malik was removed from the judging panel of the singing reality show “Indian Idol”. A season later, Anu Malik resumed his role as a jury, irritating Internet users.
One of the most controversial news at the time, veteran actor Nana Patekar was accused by ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ star Tanushree Dutta. Nana Patekar has refuted all these rumors and denied the allegations by filing a lawsuit against Tanushree Dutta.
One of Bollywood’s most famous filmmakers, Rajkumar Hirani has also gone under the radar after a unit member from his film ‘Sanju’ starring Ranbir Kapoor accused Hirani of repeatedly sexually assaulting her. However, the ‘Munnabhai’ filmmaker has denied all such claims.
Popular writer and director Vinta Nanda accused veteran star Alok Nath of sexual assault in the 90s. Shortly after, Alok Nath co-stars Renuka Shahane, Himani Shivpuri, Sandhya Mridul and Deepika Amin, also opened up about their uncomfortable experiences with the veteran star.
‘Queen’ screenwriter Vikas Bahl has been accused by a cast member of sexually assaulting her during the filming of Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma’s film ‘Bombay Velvet’. Vikas Bahl then sent legal notices to former business partners, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for making “defamatory allegations” against him.
Vikas Bahl has recently returned to directing and his last release was the movie “Goodbye” starring Rashmika Mandanna, Amitabh Bachchan and Neena Gupta.