Tanushree Dutta Is Not Alone In Waiting for Justice


Sep 28, 2018


We’re all still waiting for Bollywood’s #MeToo moment, and it isn’t because women aren’t naming perpetrators.

It’s because when they do, the industry rewards these men.

Jeetendra (Ravi Kapoor):  In 2018, accused of sexually assaulting 18-year-old cousin in 1971 and police complaint filed; lawyer denies allegations on the basis that these “fabricated claims cannot be entertained by any Court of law […] after a span of almost 50 years.” 

Vikas Bahl:  Accused of sexual harassment by an employee in 2017; denied allegations and no criminal complaint was filed; continues to work at the company and is directing the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30.

Arunabh Kumar:  Faced sexual harassment charges from multiple employees in 2017;  stepped down as CEO; will return to the screen as ‘Yogi’ in TVF’s popular show, Pitchers.

Karim Morani:  Allegedly repeatedly drugged, raped, and blackmailed a 25-year-old actress over the course of one and a half years; lawyers call case “bogus”; arrested in 2017, but currently out on bail.

Mahmood Farooqui:  The Peepli Live co-director was accused of raping a Fulbright scholar in 2015; acquitted after 14 months in jail after Delhi High Court commented, “Sometimes a feeble no, means yes“; currently back on stage, starring in a play he’s written.

Subhash Kapoor:  Confirmed, on tape, Geetika Tyagi’s accusation of molestation; arrested in 2014 and released on bail the same day; set to direct Mogul, a biopic being co-produced by Amir Khan, releasing February, 2019.

Ankit Tiwari:  Accused of raping a 28-year-old repeatedly between 2013 and 2014; case dropped after only one of the 10 witnesses came forward to testify; will appear in a cameo alongside Govinda and Varun Sharma dancing to his latest song for the upcoming film, Fryday.

Aditya Pancholi:  In 2013, Pooja Bedi claimed Pancholi raped her 15-year-old maid; Kangana Ranaut accused him of physically and mentally abusing her at 17; in October 2017, Pancholi files a criminal defamation case against Ranaut.

Irrfan Khan:  In 2012, Mamata Patel accused Khan of sexually exploiting her while shooting Pan Singh Tomar, promising her meaty roles in the future; Patel received phone calls threatening her to keep silent, and Khan refused to comment on the allegations; Doob – No Bed of Roses, a film Khan starred in and co-produced, is Bangladesh’s entry for the Academy Awards 2019.

Rajesh Khanna:  In 2012, Anita Advani accused the late actor of sexually assaulting her when she was 13 and described how Khanna had told her to keep it a secret. Khanna was considered India’s first superstar, and received a Padma Bhushan award in 2013.

Dibakar Banerjee:  Accused by Payal Rohtagi of sexual harassment during her audition in 2011; denied allegations and received support from Anurag Kashyap; recently directed an episode for Lust Stories.

Shiney Ahuja:  Spent seven years in jail for raping his household worker in 2009;  got out on bail; on the set of his comeback film, Welcome Back, co-star Anil Kapoor embraced him and said, “Welcome back, my boy.”

Madhur Bhandarkar:  Preeti Jain filed a complaint that he raped her 16 times between 1999 and 2004; Bhandarkar was granted bail and Jain dropped the case; Jain later sentenced to three years for conspiring to kill Bhandarkar. Since 2004, Bhandarkar has made more than 10 films, including Fashion and Page 3. 

Salman Khan:  Aishwarya Rai’s family filed a complaint of abuse in 2001; in September 2002 Rai wrote an open letter to the press about their relationship and the physical and emotional abuse she suffered; in 2008, Khan assaulted Katrina Kaif in public three times; in 2017, Khan publicly condemned ‘casting couch’ with the caveat, “Now, being a beautiful woman or a man, someone or the other is going to flirt with you,” adding that it is different from harassment; eight of the films Khan has acted in since the first allegations have accumulated gross earnings of more than $14 million.  

Biswajit Chatterjee:  During the shoot for Anjana Safar, in the late 60s, actor Chatterjee, and the film director (Raja Nawathe), decided to catch a 15-year-old actress, Rekha, by surprise with an onscreen kiss; the incident and its traumatizing effect on Rekha were described in a book published in 2016, in which Biswajit defended his assault by saying it was important for the film; this year Chatterjee celebrates his Bollywood career’s golden jubilee with a music gala.

Om Puri:  In 2013, Nandita Puri filed a domestic abuse complaint against her then-husband when he beat her with a stick and yelled abuses at her; allegedly his rage was because Nandita revealed in her biography of him that he had raped his 14-year-old maid; Puri passed away in 2017, but his last film, Lashtam Pashtamreleased on August 10 of this year.

Subhash Ghai:  In the early 90s, Manisha Koirala’s mother alleged that Ghai made inappropriate advances towards Manisha during the shooting of Saudagar (1991); Koirala stayed silent but never worked with Ghai again; in 2010, Rina Golan’s memoir reveals Ghai told her to “surrender to me completely” while ushering her into his bedroom: Ghai denied ever meeting Golan; this summer, Ghai announced his next venture at the Cannes Film Festival, producing a biopic of Osho.


Written By Nadia Nooreyezdan

Nadia Nooreyezdan is The Swaddle’s culture editor. Since graduating from Columbia Journalism School, she spends her time thinking about aliens, cyborgs, and social justice sci-fi. She’s also working on a memoir about her family’s journey from Iran to India.

  1. Rashmi

    It’s Nandita Puri not Nandita das. Nandita das is a completely different person.

    • TheSwaddle Team

      Thanks, Rashmi, for pointing this out. We’re updating the post now.


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