Ajay Devgn's decision to work with #MeToo accused Alok Nath in his upcoming film De De Pyaar De, the trailer of which was released recently, has caused a furor. Last year, Alok Nath was accused by writer Vinta Nanda and several other women of inappropriate behavior during the #MeToo movement. Vinta's allegation is now in court. But as far as Bollywood is concerned Alok Nath is as free to work and make a living as any other man.
Thus, Alok Nath’s strong presence in the trailer of De De Pyaar De, which also co-stars Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh along with Ajay, and the actor's refusal to comment on the allegations of sexual misconduct are clear indications that the entertainment industry has forgotten and forgiven.
Says an informed source, “Ajay Devgn is a very powerful man. If he wanted, he could have objected to Alok Nath’s presence in the film. Or even if Alok was allowed to be part of the cast, Ajay could have responded to the media question of Alok Nath. Instead he chose to brush off the query.”
However a source very close to Ajay Devgn has a completely different take to offer. "Ajay feels very strongly on this issue and has made it very clear he won't work anyone proven guilty of sexual harassment. However Alok Nath's matter is in court. Also, Alok was signed for De De Pyaar De long before Vinta Nanda accused him of sexual misconduct."
This source says Ajay won't work with Alok Nath or any #MeToo tainted actor in the future. Bollywood it seems, has decided to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the allegations of sexual misconduct.
Significantly Vinta Nanda who has much to say each time Alok Nath's name comes up chose not to comment this time.
Watch the trailer of De De Pyaar De here: