#MeToo: Sandhya Mridul And Another Woman Also Accuse Alok Nath Of Sexual Misconduct
He harassed Mridul during the shooting of a TV show.
After writer-producer Vinta Nanda accused actor Alok Nath of sexual assault, two more women, including actress Sandhya Mridul, have also come forward with fresh allegations.
Mridul shared her story on social media on Wednesday. She described how Nath attempted to assault her during the shooting of a TV show for Zee. He approached her room one night in a severely inebriated state, and pushed the door and ‘lunged’ at Mridul. She wrote, “I fell backwards towards the bathroom door he lunged at me again screaming I want you you’re mine.”
Another crew member intervened to help Mridul and asked Nath to leave but “..belligerent Alok Nath refused to leave.. kept screaming shouting threatening abusing trying to grab me..”
— Sandhya Mridul (@sandymridul) October 10, 2018
Mridul added that Nath continued to call her room at night for the remainder of the shoot. She was so shaken up that she did not sleep alone and the hairdresser was asked to move into her room. She thanked the crew members, including late Rema Lagoo for “finally taking him on & protecting me like a mother from then on.”
The stress caused her to fall sick, after which Nath begged and pleaded to be allowed into her room to apologise. “(Nath) said he was an alcoholic and that he had destroyed everything, his family, marriage everything,’’ she wrote. However, soon after returning to Mumbai, she found out that Nath was bad mouthing her in the city, telling people that she was ‘arrogant’.
An associate who worked with Nath during the shooting of ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ (1999), also revealed how he sexually harassed her. She spoke to Mid-Day on condition of anonymity. She said, “We were shooting for a night scene and I had taken a change of costumes to him. Once I handed him the clothes, he started stripping in front of me. I was taken aback, and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible. When I tried to run out, he grabbed my hand and manhandled me. I remember yanking my hand out of his grip and rushing out of the room.”
She did not report the incident to director Sooraj Barjatya, knowing that the actor and Barjatya were close. “I was shell-shocked; I couldn’t muster the courage to speak up against him. He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly,” she said.
She also said that the horrific incident left her ‘scarred for life’. “I don’t actively do movies anymore. The course of my career changed [after this episode]. But Vinta’s post brought it all back,” she added.
On Wednesday, Nanda accused Nath of assaulting her in her own house, almost two decades ago when she was producing TV series Tara with Nath as the lead actor.
Reacting to Nanda’s allegations, Nath had said, “Neither I am denying this nor do I would agree with it. It (rape) must have happened, but someone else would have done it.”
“Well, I do not want to talk much about it as for the matter if it has come out, it will be stretched,” he added.
India’s Me Too campaign has encouraged more and more women to speak up against the sexual predators in the media industry. Nath is being seen as the exact opposite of his persona of ‘Sanskaari Babuji’ in the film industry.