India’s #MeToo awakening took Bollywood by storm in 2018. Industry bigwigs including Nana Patekar, Anu Malik, Alok Nath and Vikas Bahl landed in hot waters after several women came forward and accused them on grounds of sexual harassment on various occasions. While some of these artists were boycotted by several colleagues in Indian cinema, others faced severe social media outrage. On October 17, singer Shweta Pandit recalled an incident, claiming she was assaulted by Anu Malik, the composer of Main Hoon Na. As matters hit rock bottom, Malik announced his exit from fame reality TV show Indian Idol a month later.
Earlier reports stated that Malik would be returning to the show for its next season but not as a judge. However, it is now being said that he might be seen on the singing reality show, Superstar Singer. The musician is allegedly all set to be seen as a guest with lyricist Sameer. The duo has worked on many songs in the past and might be seen in one of the upcoming episodes. “He will make an appearance along with lyricist Sameer in an episode dedicated to the songs composed and written by them,” revealed a source.
Following the #MeToo controversy last year, Malik had quit the show by issuing a public statement. It read, “I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work, my music and the show.” His lawyer Zulfiqar Memon stated, “The allegations made against my client are emphatically denied as completely false and baseless. My client respects the #MeToo movement, but to use this movement to start a character assassination mission is obnoxious.” The music producer had also been accused by fellow singer Sona Mohapatra, who called him a “pedophile” and a “sexual predator”. However, Malik denied all allegations at the time.