Veteran actor Alok Nath, who was accused of rape by producer-writer Vinta Nanda in an account published in 2018, will appear as a judge in a film based on the MeToo movement, titled #Main Bhi, a leading daily reports. His character involves Nath taking a stand against sexual harassment, as per the report.
It is, in fact, ironical enough that the 62-year-old actor, who has been accused of sexual assault himself, is playing a character as such and asked about it, Nath told the daily that he shot for it a “while ago” and isn’t doing films at the moment.
[caption id="attachment_188083" align="aligncenter" width="647"] File photo of Alok Nath[/caption]
“I’m not doing any films at the moment. This was something I shot for a while ago. Is there a problem? You sound sad that I’m doing a film. It’s a puny role for poor producers, let it release,” Nath told the daily.
Shot in Bhopal, #Main Bhi has been directed by Nasir Khan and stars Sonali Raut, Khalid Siddiqui, Shawar Ali and Imran Khan, in the lead roles. Speaking of Nath’s character, Khalid told the daily that the senior actor also delivers a speech against molestation in the film.
“The film deals with child molestation, a subject that hasn’t been tapped on screen often, particularly with regard to boys. My character, along with the other, are affected by incidents that change our lives. We hope the film starts a debate on the subject,” Khalid told the daily.
Alok Nath, known for his 'sanskaari' image on screen, was expelled by the Cine and Television Artistes Association (CINTAA) in view of the various allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. Vinta Nanda, in a telling account, had accused Nath of allegedly raping her nearly 19 years ago when they worked together. He denied the allegations levelled by the victim and lodged a defamation case demanding Re 1 as damages and a written apology from her.
[caption id="attachment_147936" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] File photo of Vinta Nanda.[/caption]
In February, meanwhile, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) issued a six-month non-cooperation directive to Alok Nath after he refused to show up for a POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) inquiry.