Times Up movement have been spreading and everyday new #MeToo stories are being revealed. From political to entertainment many industries are getting affected by the same.From the Indian music industry, after Kailash Kher and Abhijeet Bhattacharya, a new name has come forward in this movement and it is none other than Anu Malik. It’s hard to believe but unfortunately it is true as singer Sweta Pandit shared her horrifying story.
Sweta Pandit has sung songs for movies like Mohabbatein, Neal n Nikki, Iqbal and Highway.
Singer Sweta Pandit accused renowned music composer Anu Malik of harassment when she was only 15 years old. On Wednesday, She shared her whole story of what exactly Malik did while she was only a minor and admitted that it’s the worst memory of her teenage but if she doesn’t talk about it today it would never come up.
Female lead singer calls Anu Malik 'paedophile and sexual predator', who misbehaved with her when she was a new comer in the music industry. In her note released on Twitter, she also mentioned the incident took place in 2001 when she met the composer for work purposes. Her songs from 2000’s movie Mohabbatein had become a huge hit and while she was looking for more work in the industry, she was thrilled that she got a call from the Malik’s manager in 2001. He asked her to sing a few lines for him and when he liked it, he told her to give him a kiss, with an evil grin. Pandit was obviously traumatised at that movement after all she was only a 15 year old adolescent. She adds that she was depressed for a long time after this event happened and could not even bring it up to her parents.
Read Sweta Pandit’s full #MeToo story below:
“It has taken a lot in me to open up this wound again and speak up against this paedophile and sexual predator. It was the year 2000 when i was launched as a lead singer with #Mohabbatein (was the youngest singer back then in the Indian music industry) and was trying to get other good songs to follow up with the success of that soundtrack and the outstanding welcome it gave me in the music industry. I got a call from Anu Malik’s then manager (Mustafa) to come to #empirestudio in andheri sometime in mid 2001. I was thrilled like any singer would be. I used to admire his music and practice his songs for hours and look upto him back then! He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film Awara Pagal Deewana, when my mother and I walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there.
He asked me to sing something without any music as he wanted to hear my voice. I remember I sang the title song of har dil jo pyar karega as a voice test for this man. I sang it well so he said, “I’ll give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now” He then smiled, what id recall the most evil grin ive seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15years old then, still in school. Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as “Anu uncle”; he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians for generations who have given our entire lives dedicated to music for 4 generations.
He addressed my father as “Mandheer bhai”. And he does this to his bhai’s daughter? He has 2 young daughters of his own and that’s how he treated a 15 year old minor girl. It was the worst experience of my life and i could never speak about it even to my parents. I could never ask any help to heal but was depressed for months. I cried endlessly after this incident and it affected my psyche as a young girl, so much that I could have left the industry but I re-thought and fought with my will-power that why should I leave my greatest passion for a paedophile like him but I still kept struggling for years to bury this inside me. I am sure many singers have been exploited by him as he is a known name for doing this to singers. I’d urge those singers/women to share their stories too.”
Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up - its now or never. This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo— Shweta Pandit (@ShwetaPandit7) October 17, 2018
Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this pic.twitter.com/e261pGQyEq
Few days ago, another female singer Sona Mohapatra called anu Malik a ‘serial predator, ‘and in response to Pandit’s confession she thanked her and supported her for also speaking up about Anu Malik.
Sending you love,big healing & strength @ShwetaPandit7 .That #AnuMalik did this to you as a child is something #India has to make note of.Thank U so much for being brave & bringing this out in the open.I know how difficult that is & the pressure to let ‘bygones be bygones’. (1)— SONA (@sonamohapatra) October 17, 2018
Sona Mohapatra was being trolled for speaking about Anu Malik as he has a lot of fans who doesn’t want to believe that he could do something like that. To which she responded in a tweet saying, “That so many people trolled me for my #AnuMalik #TimesUp story scoffing because they think calling me ‘Maal’ or calling up at odd hours doesn’t constitute as sexual harassment. Please note, you don’t know Sh*t. Predators do much worse when they get a chance because of people like you.”
When Anu Malik was reached for a response he said, “No comments. This is ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything.”
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