In a shocking story of women harassment in the Bollywood, this veteran actress reveals something which will leave you gobsmacked. Veteran actress Daisy Irani who is India’s best-known child star of the 1950s and 60s has recently revealed some shocking details about her life.
The actress said she was sexually assaulted at the age of 6 while she was filming for Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke (1957) at an outdoor location. Daisy is a maternal aunt of Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar. The last she made an appearance on the silver screen was in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Happy New Year. She played Boman Irani’s mother in the movie.
She speaks up about this horrific incident after almost 60 years. She said in an interview with Mumbai Mirror that,
“The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. He accompanied me to a film shoot (Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke) in Madras. One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened.”
The actress further said,
“That man is dead and gone. His name was Nazar, he was related to the famous singer Zohrabai Ambalewaali. Obviously, he had contacts in the film industry. My mother was hell-bent on making me a star. I made my debut in the Marathi movie, Baby. So Uncle Nazar had accompanied me to the shoot of Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke in Madras. I can recall the incident only in flashes, but I do remember the killing pain, and the visual of him belting me. The next morning, I was back at the studio as if nothing had happened. For years, I couldn’t dare to tell my mother about what he had done.” When asked about the impact the incident had on her during her growing up days, Daisy recalled, “All I can say is as I grew up, I started flirting outrageously, I would tease and taunt men. I did not even understand what I was doing. I became badtameez (without manners). With time, my mother did get to know about the Madras incident but what could be done really?”
Recalling another incident of her younger days, Daisy said,
“When I was 15 or so, my mother made me wear a sari, padded me up with a new-fangled sponge, and left me alone with producer Mallikchand Kochar, who was planning a film called Mere Huzoor then, at his office located somewhere between Maratha Mandir cinema and the Tardeo circle. It was all quite hilarious… He joined me on the sofa, and started touching me… I knew what was on his mind. I took out the sponge things and handed them to him. He was furious. Now, why did I do that? Because I’ve always seen the funnier side of things.”
On asking if she was apprehensive about everyone knowing her life story now, she said,
“My three children, my sisters…everyone knows what happened. The truth never killed anyone. If I’ve spoken up after years and years and if the result sounds sensational in print, no problem. There could be a flurry of ‘phone calls. I just won’t answer them. Simple.”