Alok Nath raped me, says writer-director Vinta Nanda


Joining the #MeToo campaign is writer-director Vinta Nanda, who accused 'sanskaari' actor, Alok Nath of raping her nearly two decades ago.

Vinta Nanda of ‘Tara’ fame alleged that Alok Nath sexually violated her almost two decades ago.

"I have waited for this moment to come for 19 years," Nanda wrote in a long, heart-wrenching Facebook post, referring to the "predator in question" as "the actor par excellence who is known as the most 'sanskaari' (cultured) person in the film and television industry".

The adjectives like "sanskaari", "lead actor" and a "television star of that decade" indicates that the person in question is none other than Alok Nath.

Later, confirming the same, Nanda said: "It is Alok Nath. I thought saying 'sanskaari' would do the needful."

Over the decades, audience adorned Alok Nath as fatherly figure on-screen.

The #MeToo wave across the nation gave Nanda the courage to pen her panic.

"He was an alcoholic, shameless and obnoxious but he was also the television star of that decade, so not only was he forgiven for all his bad behaviour, many of the guys would also egg him on to be his worst," Nanda wrote, adding that he even harassed the show's lead actress who was not interested in him.

Sharing the worst incident of her life, Vinta Nanda recalled that she left Alok's house party at 2 a.m. She says her drinks were mixed.

"I started to walk home on the empty streets... Midway I was accosted by this man who was driving his own car and he asked me to sit in it and said he would drop me home. I trusted him and sat in his car.

"I have faint memory after that. I can remember more liquor being poured into my mouth and I remember being violated endlessly. When I woke up the next afternoon, I was in pain. I hadn't just been raped, I was taken to my own house and had been brutalised.

"I couldn't get up for my bed. I told some of my friends but everybody advised me to forget about it and move on."

Later, forgetting all, Nanda moved on in life and got a job to write and direct a series for Plus Channel, and again her paths crossed with Alok.

"The man found his way through the casting route and became one of the lead actors on the show. He created an environment in which I was made to feel threatened, so I asked the producers to release me from directing the series because I didn't want to be around where he was. "I continued to write the show."

The "most difficult part" and the "main reason" why Nanda took so long to come out with the truth was because while she was working on this new series, she says, "he asked me to come to his house again and I went to allow him to violate me".

"I needed the job and didn't want to leave it as I needed the money. It was after this that I quit."

Nanda has urged people "who have suffered at the hands of predators, to come out and say it aloud". "Don't hold yourselves back. This is a moment for change, so your silence will only hold barriers to its evolution. Speak out. Shout out from the top of the roof."