Casting Couch is a word that strugglers often come across with in an industry especially like Indian cinema. Time and again actressses have shared their experience in dealing with this problem. Mamta Kulkarni, Shilpa Shinde, Kalki Koechlin and Kangana Ranaut, are some well known names who have confessed of facing or escaping sexual harassment and casting couch in their journey of stardom. Sadly, there are only few who have opened up about their horrific encounters with many finding it difficult to do. Yet some celebs shared their #MeToo stories, sending shock waves through the industry by exposing the faces who have allegedly sexually abused them.
Here we’ll take a look at 11 celebs that have been accused of sexual assault:
1. Jeetendra Kapoor
Earlier this year, one of Jeetendra’s cousins alleged that he abused her sexually and filed a police complaint. According to her, the incident happened 47 years ago. However, the yesteryear actor termed the allegations as “baseless” and a “miserable effort by a jealous competitor to disrupt his business activities”. A couple of weeks ago, his daughter, producer Ekta Kapoor had said that there are also actors who use their sexuality to get work.
2. Shiney Ahuja
Shiney Ahuja had a promising career but only a few years after his debut, he was accused of raping his household help. This happened in 2009. Initially, the actor denied the charges but later confessed having done it. In 2011, he was sentenced to 7 years of rigorous imprisonment but was soon out on a bail.
3. Ankit Tiwari
Singer Ankit Tiwari shot to fame with his song ‘Sun raha hai na tu’ from ‘Aashiqui 2’. He was accused of raping his alleged ex-girlfriend a number of times between 2012 and 2013. The police arrested him in 2015 and he finally got acquitted in 2017.
4. Dibakar Banerjee
An acclaimed director, Dibakar Banerjee was accused of sexual harassment by actress Paayal Rohatgi. She alleged of harassment during her audition for film ‘Shanghai’. However, no complaint was ever filed against Dibakar and he too denied the allegations.
5. Mahmood Farooqui
Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of ‘Peepli Live’, was arrested in 2015 on charges of raping US-based research scholar. In 2017, he was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment. The case had created a huge uproar across the nation as its controversial judgment said that a “feeble no” may signal consent.
6. Madhur Bhandarkar
A renowned face of Bollywood, director Madhur Bhandarkar was accused of rape by model Preeti Jain in year 2004. In her police complaint, the model had alleged that with the promise of casting her in his films, Bhandarkar had raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004. In 2005, Preeti Jain was arrested for hiring a contract killer for murdering Bhandarkar.
7. Karim Morani
Karim Morani, co-producer of many successful films like ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Ra One’, was accused of drugging and raping a 25-year-old Delhi based woman. The woman had also accused Morani of clicking her nude pictures and threatening her of leaking them. Later, Morani surrendered to the police.
8. Aditya Pancholi
Bollywood’s “Queen” Kangana Ranaut had accused Aditya Pancholi of abusing her sexually during her struggle period. This was revealed in an interview where she also confirmed that she had lodged an FIR against Pancholi. However, Pancholi has refused all the allegations and threatened to take the legal route against the actress.
9. Om Puri
The incident of Om Puri being accused of sexual harassment occurred quite dramatically. In 2009, Nandita, his second wife wrote ‘Om Puri: An Unlikely Hero’, a book based on his life. Surprisingly, the actor never refuted the account and said that he never checked the book’s draft. Later, in 2013, Nandita filed a case of domestic violence against him.
10. Irrfan Khan
Seen as one of the best actors of the present day, Irrfan Khan had sad that he too had to face casting couch when he was asked to compromise for getting a big role. But shockingly, he himself has also been accused of doing the same to an actress. ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ actress Mamta Patel alleged that Irrfan Khan had exploited her sexually promising her roles in future.
11. Rajesh Khanna
Actor Rajesh Khanna’s live-in partner Anita Advani had alleged that she was molested by the actor during her teenage. Anita’s complaint of domestic violence against Khanna had it mentioned that he suddenly grabbed and kissed her. Further, it said that at that time, she was only 13, hence too young to understand what was being done to her, and moreover, he was in complete awe of the actor.