Accused former showman Subhash Ghai is most likely to lose the 5.5 acre land that the Maharashtra government had allotted him in Film City for his acting school.
In the wake of several women accusing Ghai’s of serious sexual misdemeanour including assault, it is reliably learnt that the Government of Maharashtra has resolved to cancel the land lease for Ghai’s school. A source close to the development says, “It is one thing for casting directors and young directors to be accused. But a formidable veteran like Ghai who has given so many landmark films to Indian cinema and launched actors like Jackie Shroff, Madhuri Dixit and Manisha Koirala, this disgrace is a real low blow. It shows the entertainment industry in a really awful light. Allotting him land for creative purposes no longer makes sense.”
This writer asked many of Ghai’s close friends to comment on the charges levelled at Ghai. They all chose to stay mum. One of them on condition of anonymity said, “I had heard of his casting methods. But never witnessed it. Are we to forget all that he has contributed to Hindi cinema? What about other great filmmakers who as a routine, ask for and get sexual favours?”
The debate rages on whether the steps are too harsh for an offence allegedly committed years ago but with the movement against sexual harassment gaining momentum across the country, no one wants to be seen protecting or granting any favours to an accused. The charges against Subhash Ghai blew up when a woman accused him of drugging and then sexually assaulting her. The filmmaker denied the charges. A TV actress Kate Sharma also said that he had molested her.