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Recently, veteran writer-producer of the 90s popular show Tara, Vinita Nanda, accused Alok Nath of raping her. Many celebrities supported Vinita in her bold move. Now, popular television actress Sandhya Mridul has come out in support of Vinita and shared her ordeal that she faced while she was shooting for a telefilm along with Alok Nath. She revealed as to how inebriated Alok barged into her room and screamed, "I want you, you are mine"! She adds he refused to leave the room and kept shouting, threatening and abusing. She also adds that he tried to grab her.
Sandhya was shaken up with the incident and revealed how he got away with it! She further added that she was grateful to her co-actors, especially the late Reema Lagoo, who protected her like a mother. Sandhya added that the damage was done. He told people that she was difficult and arrogant. She had to forgive him as he was a popular man and she was a newbie. She also added that she supports Tanushree Dutta and every woman who has been through this! She urged the new-comers not to tolerate harassment and raise their voice. Check out Sandhya's detailed post!
Sandhya Shares Her Ordeal: Alok Nath ‘Babuji’ Praised Sandhya
Sandhya shared a lengthy note and captioned it as, "In truth & solidarity. I'm with you @vintananda #metoo." The note read, "At the very start of my career, I was shooting a telefilm for zee in Kodaikanal. I was the lead. And very excited. Alok Nath was my on-screen father and Reema Lagoo my mother. Alok Nath was very impressed with me and called me "God's own child" and openly praised me every day. I was over the moon. I was a huge fan of this wonderful Babuji.. I felt so fortunate happy and confident." - (sic)
How Alok Made Sandhya Nervous & Uncomfortable?
"Till one night after an early pack up. The cast went out for dinner. At dinner he got progressively drunk and started insisting I sit with him and that I belonged to him and other stuff that I don't clearly remember but it made me very nervous and uncomfortable. My co-star realised what was happening and got me out of there." - (sic)
"We went back to the hotel without dinner. It was late and I was back in my room and the costume dada came to my room to give me my clothes for the next day as I had a very early call time. Few minutes after he left there was a knock on my door I opened the door thinking it was him again ..." - (sic)
Inebriated Alok Nath Lunged At Her
"It was an inebriated Alok Nath I instinctively tried to shut the door but he pushed it and lunged at me, I stepped aside he went flying past me into the room .. I fell back toward the bathroom door he lunged at me again screaming I want you you're mine .. I dodged again he went into the bathroom and I think I latched the loo door and ran out of my room down the corridor into the lobby. Fortunately, my DoP was there making a call from the reception ..." - (sic)
Alok Tried To Grab Her
"He came back to my room what ensued was traumatic because a belligerent Alok Nath refused to leave.. kept screaming shouting threatening abusing trying to grab me.. but at some point we managed to make him leave. The hairdresser was called and made to sleep in my room I was so shaken up." - (sic)
It Was Difficult For Sandhya To Shoot With Alok!
"In a few hours I had scenes with Bauji, in one I had to sit on his lap and cry. I still feel nauseous when i think of it. It didn't stop there .. every evening he would drink and every night calls were made to my room. I dreaded the ring.. I had to keep it off the hook most of the times. But then he would come calling. It was a catch 22 situation. I had the hairdresser moved in to my room permanently. I was a nervous wreck." - (sic)
Alok Cried & Apologised
"Few days later I got very sick & was laid up and couldn't shoot. The stress had broken me. He continued to traumatise me with calls. And knocks. The hairdresser would answer. One day when he landed up at the door and cried and begged to be allowed in to sodas to me to apologise.. I couldn't take it anymore I told her to accompany him in..." - (sic)
He Said He Had Learnt His Lesson
"He pulled a chair next to my bed and howled. Said he was an alcoholic and that he had destroyed everything his family his marriage everything's and I was like his daughter and he respected me and that he was very sorry. He says he had learnt his lesson and that he would go to therapy and change it all..." - (sic)
Sandhya Broke Her Silence
"I finally broke my silence I screamed shouted cried and it was done. I believed him. I had to. He left. He got away. I don't know how I shot with him for the remaining days and weeks. I'm grateful to my co-actors , my DOP & especially the late Reema lagoo for finally taking him on & protecting me like a mother from then on." - (sic)
The Damage Was Done
"But it was too late. The damage was done. A very disillusioned, disgraced & unsure me returned home. He went on to return to Bombay and tell people I was difficult and arrogant. All apologies forgotten. He was a popular man I was a newbie. He laid the foundation others like him built on. All those who heard 'No'. Attitude my biggest crime. The deal breaker." - (sic)
“I Stand By Vinita!”
"Mr. Alok Nath. You know this to be true. As do few others. I had to forgive you for myself then and for my sanity but I will never forgive you for what you did with Vinta. Whom I have always respected and loved. I stand by you Vinita. What I went through is nothing compared to you. I'm so sorry. More power to you." - (sic)