It didn't take us much time to join the dots between television writer-producer-director Vinta Nanda's heart-breaking Facebook post about ape and violation from nearly 20 years ago and our 'sanskaari babuji' Alok Nath. Yes, Vinta didn't need to write much on Twitter as the netizens instantly calling out Nath. Alok Nath, who rose to fame by playing the 'sanskaari bapuji' familiar from so many Barjatya family dramas, harassed the leading lady of his television show, Tara.
Alok Nath was last seen in Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety!
Vinta's traumatic story from the sets of the show received many responses and support from Richa Chadha, Swara Bhasker, Mini Mathur and many others. Richa, who was one of the first celebrity voices to have supported Tanushree Dutta on social media, clearly had no adequate words while Swara Bhasker, who had also tweeted in Ms Dutta's favour, wrote: "heart-wrenching."
Heart wrenching. ???? https://t.co/myVEYDAfTu— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) 8 October 2018
"This is so terrifying. How must she have dealt with this alone in the bloody 90s," read a tweet from comedienne Mallika Dua, who had shared Ms Nanda's post on her own time-line. "For heaven's sake. To think someone as avante garde and ballsy as Vinta Nanda went through this torture and couldn't speak up for 19 years! This makes me so sad and angry," read a tweet from Mini Mathur.
For heavens sake. To think someone as avante garde & ballsy as @vintananda went through this torture and couldn’t speak up for 19 years!!! This makes me so sad & angry..#Sanskari my chappal!! https://t.co/i0QN7GsDU7— Mini Mathur (@minimathur) 8 October 2018
The incident began on the set of Nineties show Tara, where the actor, Alok Nath, allegedly harassed lead actress Navneet Nishan. He later turned on Ms Nanda "I hadn't just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised," reads the most horrific part of her post.
Ms Nanda ends with this damning identification: "Irony is that the man, the predator in question here is the actor par excellence who is known as the most #Sanskaari (Cultured) person in the film and television industry." The "sanskaari" title is popularly attached to Alok Nath by virtue of the several roles of the ideal father figure he has played on television and films over the years.
This account has just made #MeToo India movement stronger. Since Tanushree Dutta took everyone by shock after calling out her harassers, many other women have come forward. Filmmaker Vikas Bahl has also been named as an alleged predator by four women, two of whom are actresses he directed in Queen - Kangana Ranaut and Nayani Dixit.