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#MeToo: Actress Sandhya Mridul accuses Alok Nath of sexual harassment

11 October 2018, 01:02 | Elsie Buchanan

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Alok Nath stripped in front of me manhandled me reveals Hum Saath Saath Hain crew member

Allegations of sexual assault against Alok Nath started surfacing after filmmaker and writer Vinta Nanda on Monday alleged him of rape and harassment.

Sandhya took to Twitter to share her own experience, which left her "disillusioned and unsure" in the industry.

Nanda, a veteran writer-producer of the avant-garde 1990s" show "Tara, ' accused actor Alok, known for his "sanskaari" on-screen image, of sexually violating her nearly two decades ago.

Actress Sandhya Mridul, who has done films such as Page 3, Angry Indian Goddesses and Socha Na Tha, has opened up about facing sexual harassment by Alok Nath.

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Alok Nath essayed the role of her on-screen father in the telefilm.

I wrote what I did on impulse because I felt the "now-or-never" moment and about 12 hours later, when I woke up the next morning, I realised that it had turned into a discussion that was taking place nationally.

Sarogi said they are planning to file a defamation suit against Nanda and others who have made such allegations.

Mridul said she screamed, shouted and cried, but believed him and got through the shooting with the help of her co-actors, the DoP and Lagoo, who protected her like a mother. Once the woman handed him his clothes Alok Nath started stripping in front of her, she said. She told Mid-Day about what happened during the last schedule of the film. I instinctively tried to shut the door but he pushed it and lunged at me.

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"I stand by you Vinta. 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". He was quickly identified as Alok Nath, the man who also allegedly harassed Tara actress Navneet Nishan for four years.

A few minutes later, an inebriated Nath knocked on her door. "I didn't expect such an allegation to come from her". I had the hairdresser moved in to my room permanently.

Sandhya said that her predicament was compounded further as she was required to shoot a scene where she was sitting on Nath's lap and crying.

In the post Sandhya details how Nath tried to enter her room at a hotel where the cast and crew were lodged. I dreaded the ring. "Well, I do not want to talk much about it as for the matter if it has come out, it will be stretched". But then he would come calling.

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The actor said the stress of dealing with the situation at hand soon caught up with her and she fell sick. "I was a nervous wreck". I am grateful to Tanushree Datta for having galvanised the #MeToo movement with her honesty and courage.



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