Now almost every day famous celebrities are coming out with the names of the sexual offenders who harassed them in the past, all thanks to MeToo. They are sharing their sexual misconduct stories and these all are horrific as film industry’s big and respectable names are involved in them.
Till now, several other prominent personalities from the industry including Rohit Roy, Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Rajat Kapoor, Sajid Khan etc have been accused of sexual harassment. The new name in the line is none another the famous music composer Anu Malik. He is accused by singer Shweta Pandit. The singer accused music composer, Anu Malik of harassment when she was a minor.
Shweta Pandit took to Twitter and shared a long post, in which she called Malik a “paedophile and sexual predator.
It was the year 2000 when I was launched as a lead singer with Mohabbatein 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 Andheri’s Empire Studio sometime in mid 2001. I was thrilled, like any singer would be. I used to admire his music and practice his songs for hours. I used to admire and look up to 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. 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 I’d recall the most evil grin I’ve seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15 years 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…”
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
Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this pic.twitter.com/e261pGQyEq
— Shweta Pandit (@ShwetaPandit7) October 17, 2018
When the media confronted Anu Malik about the same, he said
“No comments. This is ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything.”