#Metoo In Bollywood: Vinta Nanda To Take Legal Action Against Alok Nath

#Metoo In Bollywood: Vinta Nanda To Take Legal Action Against Alok Nath

Vinta Nanda, the writer of the 90s hit soap ‘Tara’ had accused Alok Nath of sexually assaulting her
#Metoo In Bollywood: Vinta Nanda To Take Legal Action Against Alok Nath
Alok Nath and Vinta Nanda

The tainted  Sanskari  actor Alok Nath, accused by writer-director Vinta Nanda of sexual assault may have to face  a long legal battle to  prove his  innocence. Vinta who alleges sexual violation 20 years ago while she was collaborating with Alok Nath  on the long-running television serial Tara, is appalled by Alok Nath’s sniggering response to the rape charge.

“No  regret, so sorry. Just a sexist smirk is all that he has provided.  If  he had apologised, I’d have considered  moving on. But now I am willing to see this  to the logical end,” says  Vinta with renewed  determination.

In an unverified  statement  Alok  is quoted as saying, “"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... We only have to hear to women's stand because they are considered weak."

Enraged  humiliated  but newly empowered Vinta lashes back, “What else can we  expect from him? He shows no remorse for what he  did because that’s the way he is. You can’t change him. I am  so glad I was finally heard about the way I was violated . It (the  hurt and  pain) has been with me for 19 years. Now I feel free.”

Vinta says Alok Nath’s misconduct during the  time they worked  together  was well-known. “He misbehaved  not just with me but also with the leading lady of Tara, Navneet Nishan. Matters came  to a  point where we had to sack him from the show. But as fate would have it he found his way back into  my professional life when he was signed  to play the lead  in another serial that I wrote.”

This time, Vinta  couldn’t take the bullying and  lewdness any more. A  meeting with the head honcho of Zee television, filmmaker Dr Chandraprakash Diwedi  would never be forgotten.  “He asked me to leave the show, he asked me to leave the country. When I  refused to  leave, he asked his staff members to  push me out of  the  room…At this  point  I left. The point is, men like Alok Nath feel empowered  to misbehave with women because they  have the tacit backing of powerful peers. I am hoping this  would change now.”

What  next?  Vinta is  indeed considering the legal route . “I am in consultation  with my legal team.  The legal route indeed  seems  the best possible  option. When  I spoke about the rape I   never expected  there  would be  such an overwhelming  response. Now I feel confident. I haven’t felt better in a long time.  You can’t stifle my voice any longer.” Adds Vinta, “He (Alok Nath) claims he made my career. How did do that? I wonder. Though he did  do his best to unmake  it. I am glad I got  the violation out of my system.”

Interestingly Vinta had spoken about the alleged rape some  years ago in a magazine interview. “But it didn’t get  much attention. Perhaps the time for action against sexual offenders has come now.”

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