He raped me when I was 6, Daisy Irani made shocking revelation

Daisy Irani, who starred as a child artiste in movies like 'Boot Polish', Jagte Raho', Naya Daur' made a stunning revelation that she was raped and physically assaulted at the age of six. In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, the veteran actress narrated her trauma which she kept suppressed in her mind for more than 60 years. 

"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," Daisy told the tabloid.

She further added, "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 (she said, rolling her eyes) 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," said Irani.

The veteran actress said that the incident affected her psychology badly and while growing up, she started teasing men and 'flirting outrageously'.

"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?"

She said that it is tougher for child actors to battle predators in the industry.

"Child actors have it tough. In a majority of cases they have been taken advantage of. Maybe a few have had it easy, but most don't, really," she said.

The 66-year-old actress also said that her family members are aware of the incident and that she had no problems with the truth finally coming out.

"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," said the actress.