‘I Was Taken To My Own House And Brutalised’: Vinta Nanda Accuses ‘Sanskaari’ Alok Nath Of Rape
“He created an environment in which I was made to feel threatened,” she said.
On Monday, writer-producer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of “brutalising” her in her own house, almost two decades ago, while she was producing TV series Tara with Nath as the lead actor.
Sharing the horrific details of continuous torture, Nanda wrote in a Facebook post, “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.”
She revealed that Nath also harassed the lead actress of the show. “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.”
Then the sexual predator came preying for her. One night, when Nanda was travelling back to her house from a party, she was accosted by a man who was driving his own car. “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.”
However, the harassment did not stop there. “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,” Nanda wrote.
”The most difficult part, the main reason why I have taken so long to come out with the truth,” she continued, “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.”
Nanda didn’t mention Nath’s name in the entire Facebook post but left suggestive remarks like “lead actor of Tara”, “most Sanskaari person in the film and television industry” and “television star of that decade.”
She later confirmed to news agency IANS that her harasser was indeed Alok Nath. “It is Alok Nath. I thought saying ‘sanskaari’ would do the needful,” Nanda told IANS via SMS.
Concluding the Facebook post, Nanda urged those “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,” wrote Nanda.
Read the Facebook post here.