Actress Sandhya Mridul accuses Alok Nath of sexual harassment

Lewis Collier
October 10, 2018

In a detailed account with a portal, Sandhya Mridul shared what she faced while she was working in a telefilm with Alok Nath. While she did not specify the exact year of the incident, she wrote that the episode in Kodaikanal, which happened at the "very start of her career" had shattered her confidence altogether. Alok Nath played her on screen father. Alok Nath was very impressed with me and called me "God's own child" and openly praised me every day. At dinner he got progressively drunk and started insisting I sit with him and that I belonged to him and other stuff that I don't clearly remember but it made me very nervous and uncomfortable. My co-star realised what was happening and got me out of there.

Later, the inebriated actor knocked on her hotel room and "lunged" at her by pushing the door when she tried to close the door. The woman gathered a hell lot of courage and in an interview with Mid-Day, she said, "We were shooting for a night scene and I had taken a change of costumes to him".

It has to be recalled that Alok had made a few shocking statements like "they need to hear woman's stand as they are weak", "it is him who made her what's she is", "a single person isn't involved - either it's a ghost or another human being", and "it is a fragment of a certain imagination". And now soon after that, another anonymous crew member from the sets of Hum Saath Saath Hain has accused the veteran actor of stripping in front of her.

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The torture continued nearly every night as Nath allegedly kept calling her every night and would scream outside her room in the event that she kept the phone off the hook. "I still feel nauseous when I think of it", said Sandhya, adding that Alok continued drinking every evening and would "traumatise" her with calls to her room every night. One day when he landed up at the door and cried and begged to be allowed in to sodas to me to apologise. Said he was an alcoholic and that he had destroyed everything his family his marriage everything's and I was like his daughter and he respected me and that he was very sorry. He added that he has learnt his lesson and that he would go to therapy and change it all and she believed him.

According to Sandhya, Alok then told people that she was 'difficult and arrogant'. The Wire has contacted Alok Nath for his response to Mridul's account and this article will be updated with any reply we receive. "I was shell-shocked; I couldn't muster the courage to speak up against him. A person will never wait on a period of 19 years to make the allegations", said Alok Nath's lawyer Ashok Sarogi, reports ANI. As do few others.

The 43-year-old actress while batting for Nanda, signed off her post with a "your time is up sir" message.

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