As the #MeToo movement is gaining momentum over the past 15-20 days, many prominent Bollywood personalities such as Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath have been accused of sexual misconduct. The latest name to be added into the #MeToo controversy is ace photographer and Bollywood producer Atul Kasbekar. Atul Kasbekar has been accused by an actress of sexually harassing her during the shooting of the film ‘Cheat India’.
The actress shared her ordeal on Twitter through an anonymous account and said that it wasn’t easy for her to come out in public and tell people what had happened to her. Her well wishers had advised her against making the details public.
After gathering a lot of courage, against the advice of my well wishers, I’ve finally mustered the courage of anonymously share my encounter with Shoumik Sen and Atul Kasbekar from the set of #CheatIndia. #MeToo @IndiaMeToo pic.twitter.com/iZkXBHSejq
— anonymouslyy2018 (@anonymouslyy201) October 18, 2018
The actress, in her post mentions that it was a difficult experience for her while shooting the film. She also accused Atul Kasbekar and screenwriter and director of the film Shoumik Sen of harassing her. She further added that Shoumik would often talk about how he wants to see her perform the lesbian scenes for the Netflix web series.
The actress also wrote her in post that Soumik would describe rather unnatural sex scenes and say how the two of them (the victim and Soumik) would be apt to play it. She further said that while all of this happened, Atul Kasbekar would be there flaunting a grin. She also blamed Atul Kasbekar for not taking any action despite repeatedly warning him about this sort of behaviour. The actress also alleged that she interacted with many women, who had similar sort of experiences with Atul Kasbekar in the past.
Atul Kasbekar, who is the co-founder of Ellipsis Entertainment has released a statement regarding the allegations levelled by the actress. The company has rubbished the allegations citing ulterior motive and have decided to file a case with the cyber crime cell.
— ELLIPSIS ENT (@EllipsisEntt) October 19, 2018