Anirban Blah accused of of sexual harassment

Anirban Blah has finally been outed as a freak and a creep. He has been accused of sexual harassment by a foreign girl, who came to India to pursuit her dreams of becoming an actor. Meeting this creep has traumatised her so much that she packed her bags and left. Her story appeared on the front page of the Bombay Times today. Kudos to Bombay Times not giving a crap about his staged suicide attempt.

Anirban Blah accused of of sexual harassment

While her story is similar to other victims of sexual harassment, it was her interaction with him that freaked her out. He is truly the worst! He thinks too much of himself. Hopefully, there will be other women who will come out besides the anonymous ones. It is really low, disgusting and sad that his people knew what he was doing and yet, they didn’t stop him or do anything. If the man already has a reputation around town like Sajid Khan has, it is really low of them to let his behaviour continue. As it is, they are as guilty as he is. They sat by and watched him ruin the lives of all these young girls. Justice needs to be done because this is not some normal guy, who badly used his power. This is a really sick and disgusting man.

Here’s how disgusting Anirban Blah is:

Meira Omar accuses Anirban Blah of sexual harassment

Anirban Blah accused of of sexual harassment

 

Anirban Blah accused of of sexual harassment

I went through several bad experiences, but perhaps, this was the worst. Others were at least direct (as far as making inappropriate offers or advances are concerned), so I was more prepared to avoid them. It is not that Anirban wasn’t direct, but he manipulated women before showing his true colours, and that scars you deeply. He would play these games — call you, give you time, pretend to understand you and then make the move. I was in touch with him for about a year between 2016-2017. I felt that I should talk about him while I was in India, but I thought my voice would be considered as insignificant. After all, this man has connections and he had handled big celebrities.

Now that women are being heard, I want to share my experience with Anirban Blah and speak about the power games he plays. It was in 2016, and I was very new to India and Mumbai. I came here to chase my childhood dream of becoming an actress in Bollywood. I was here on my own and had no connections or representation. Through research, I found out that KWAN was a reputed talent management agency. At that time, I wasn’t aware of the rumours about the man heading it. I only knew that he was the boss and I was naive. I reached out to him through Instagram DM (direct message) and was very honest about being new here. I asked him to give me a chance to meet his agency and he enabled that meeting. The meeting didn’t really seem successful and I remember feeling a bit disappointed and sad about it.

Here’s hoping that this is not the team’s tactic to help the boss take advantage of the girls!

Soon after, he contacted me and asked about the meeting with the team. I told him the truth and he replied to me saying, ‘Listen, my team is very basic. They only go for girls similar to the ones who are in the top league today. They don’t know how to spot a star in the making. I am the one who creates stars and sees something, when no one else can. This is what I’m known for.

You are also known for being a monster!

At this point, I felt encouraged and excited as he was implying that I might have something unique about me. He wanted to meet me privately so that he could evaluate me personally. He asked me to come over to his work space, as meeting in a public place would give people the wrong idea. He specifically mentioned he didn’t want tabloids writing about it. I felt something turning in my gut as soon as he said that, but I ignored that feeling and thought to myself that it’s okay. His ‘work space’, I later found out, was actually an apartment in Juhu that he kept for himself, away from his family home in Bandra. I entered the apartment and he immediately started commenting on my appearance and asked me to let my hair down and get comfortable. We sat down and had a pretty normal conversation to begin with. He made sure to talk a lot about his accomplishments, and during our conversation, he actually picked his phone and called Deepika (Padukone) to discuss a magazine cover. Everything he said that night was about how he is a man who can get girls to come out of their shell, bring out their inner sexiness and awaken desires in other men. He stressed that all this is what makes one a star.

So, stars are only made for men? They have to be sexy for the men? Awaken the men’s desires? Pretty sure they have a pill for that!

He even went ahead and told me about a specific case where a girl reached out to him and she was gorgeous, but too timid and shy. So, he locked her in his balcony in that same Juhu apartment where we were sitting, and forced her to masturbate, even though there were possibly neighbours around. He narrated the story to me with a sense of pride. He showed me pictures of the girl he was currently working on, pointing out the difference between ‘before’ (he discovered her) and ‘after’ he had extensively worked on her. He bragged about how his efforts helped her bag a role in a movie.

He is also a kidnapper! This sound like a scene from ‘Along came a spider’ – the book.

He complimented me on my intellect and eloquence several times, telling me that the fact that I’m intelligent makes me so sexy, but that other people won’t see it. Anirban told me that he could help me, provided I trusted his process and surrendered to him completely. I remember that I didn’t fully understand everything at this point, but I had a bad feeling about it. At the same time, this was the closest I had come to working with someone who has influence in the industry and I badly wanted to get a foot in the door.

After our first meeting, he followed up on the things he had spoken about and asked me if I was ready to start the process of finding my sex appeal. He gave me an ‘assignment’. He said that I should imagine I was doing a cover shoot for an international fashion magazine and for that, I should pick out four sexy looks. He told me to really think about these looks, why I chose them, and how that represented my sex appeal. He told me to bring these looks to his ‘work space’ again, where he would photograph me in them and we would dissect the looks together. This made me really uncomfortable.

I didn’t reply to him for days, I consulted friends and other people I knew in the industry. This was the first time I got to hear about some of the rumours and stories surrounding him. I started realising that he didn’t really care about the assignment; basically, he just wanted me to undress in front of him.

I messaged him saying that I wasn’t comfortable doing all this, at the same time, I didn’t want to lose this contact. So, I told him that instead, I could just show him pictures of my inspirations and what I think is desirable and create collages of those. This would help him understand my vision and we could work on it. He replied saying something on the lines of, ‘Okay, just think about it some more, come to my work space tomorrow and we can look at the photos, but bring your choice of looks anyway, just in case you feel like it.’ The next day I went there, without looks that he had requested for, and I could immediately sense a change in his attitude. We sat down, I started talking about the different looks and I think he got bored. He then told me that he was really busy and that I should leave. I understood and called for a cab.

While waiting, he looked at me and said, ‘F**k, you’re really sexy’ and he leaned over to kiss me. I got scared, but I was more scared of pissing him off, as that could make him more aggressive. I carefully backed off and he turned around and told me that in this industry, these are the things that I will have to do with men. And if I can’t handle it, I should just leave. He said something to the effect of, ‘Bollywood won’t change for you, no matter how well-read or how much of a feminist you are. You don’t necessarily have to sleep with everyone, but you have to kiss, touch or tease them. Kissing is always okay’.

Wow! This is what he thinks women have to do to make it?! What about the men?

He talked about how he loves kissing, and even though he is in a happy relationship with his wife, he does it a lot with other women. My cab had arrived and I got up to leave. He pushed himself against me and kissed me again at the door. I felt paralysed and scared, and I could do nothing. I just took my bag and ran out. I remember not being able to feel my legs as I was looking for the cab.

We didn’t speak for quite some time after that. I felt so ashamed and stupid for even going there the second and last time. I started blaming myself for it. I beat myself for not having handled the situation in a smarter way, for not having followed my gut the very first time he had spoken to me. I thought about how he had taken my intellect and used it against me to lure me. I felt so stupid. After some time, he started contacting me again, saying that he wanted to meet me.

He would always suggest that we meet up at night. I never actually met him again, but he kept calling. I would always reply and seem normal and happy, but after a point, I just couldn’t. So, I stopped answering his calls. When I stopped responding, he sent me text messages on my phone which said ‘????’ He finally told me that I should just pack my bags and go back home and that I don’t have what it takes to become anything in this industry. He told my friends the same thing about me.

This was just one man and one experience. But there have been many more such experiences during the time that I spent in Mumbai. That lump in my gut never disappeared; it kept growing to the point where it was eating me up from the inside. I would spend every night crying myself to sleep and questioning how much this dream of mine was worth. How I would, probably just as Anirban said never make it in this industry, because I wasn’t ready to do these things the men asked of me. I left the country almost a year ago. I know that there must be women out there who have fallen prey in the hands of Anirban, in ways probably far more severe than what I went through.

The fact that no violent assault happened, is what made me stay quiet. I’m seeing a change now and I don’t want to be part of the culture of silence anymore. I’ve also realised that this was indeed an actual assault. I never gave my consent to any of this. He saw a vulnerable girl and did what powerful men often do — take advantage of it. This is what happened to me and I wish that other women, who he has hurt, will come forward.

I know we are many, as I have been hearing stories that have shaken me to the core. After I left, I got time to just be and heal with my family and loved ones. Now, I look back and thank God, because if I had made one mistake from my side, it could have been worse. I really hope he stops doing all of this and that his power is taken away from him.

And also, many of his body parts should be taken away from him!

He knew this article was coming out, so he staged his suicide to gain sympathy. Thankfully, many journalists saw through his coward act. This is what is helping making these creeps come out: journalists! Many of them are taking this movement really personal and are really happy to help the victims out these powerful men. It’s like they all knew and kept quiet and by helping these victims come out about these predators, they are getting rid of that guilty feeling. Really really happy to be alive at this time just to witness a lot of people come together to out these predators, creep and rapists. All hail to their courage!

 

Let’s see now if the stars that this creep’s company represents come out and offer their support to his victims! Hopefully, they don’t stay quiet because of this:

In light of all these creeps being outed, we keep thinking of all the things mentioned in the past on this blog:

  1. Improper for kids of actors/filmy kids to be out there sharing their pictures where they are dressed inappropriately (you-know-how) and posing in ways they shouldn’t.
  2. These kids’ parents are very much aware of how many creeps and pedophiles this industry has and yet, they allow them to be this way.
  3. Women in the entertainment world don’t go crazy on their own, they must have gone through a lot and tried to suppress these feelings.
  4. Women in the entertainment industry don’t just commit suicide out of nowhere, they are pushed to do it (you know what we are talking about).
  5. To get to the top, women have to literally sell themselves, their bodies and their souls.
  6. No woman wants to dress sexy or act seductively, this is what they HAVE to do to make it.
  7. No woman is fine with selling herself to get to the top. Sooner or later, this will eat her up.
  8. No woman is comfortable doing intimate scenes due to fear of being branded as a (insert-insulting-word-here)
  9. Take the case of Tanushree and Nana. Tanu is being branded as a (insert-insulting-word-here) because she did intimate scenes before while Nana, who has also done many intimate and aggressive scenes, is branded as an innocent man who help poor people.

Remember once we said how Rihanna and Madonna like to dress provocatively and act the same. Someone commented here that it’s their body and they are allowed to dress that way and act that way. Well, that was not what we meant. Think of all the things that they have gone through and to them, doing these things is like trying to cover up the pain and trauma. It’s a psychological thing. It has nothing to do with them being women and loving themselves. In the West or in Hollywood, it’s even worst. Looking at these female singers, it’s clear that men are in charge over there. Never did we once think that Beyonce would be OK with showing off her behind assets, but this is what she has been doing, despite being talented! No female audience look at women in the entertainment world and think, “Yea, I would like to see her wearing less and less clothes and act like a (insert-insulting-word-here).” This is what we have been trying to say, there is a pattern at work here. It’s all done to manipulate these celebrities and their audience into thinking that this is OK!

Thankfully here in Bollywood with the #MeToo movement happening, things will not get to that level. Let’s hope so!

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3 Responses

  1. Rashmi says:

    I think the admin or joking, or is he actually a feminist (a man who respects and supports women) at least this post is written very correctly and beautifully. no condemnation of the victims. not a single one. I greet you, admin (we, unfortunately, do not know your name, I would have addressed by name, as a sign of respect)

    You write many journalists support the victims. I have not seen one. everyone writes about it as dry facts, as something commonplace. That the journalists, even the stars – the actors and actresses, spoke so sparingly, in the same type, about Me too, as if this was a promotion of the film of their best friend. Such pseudo journalists like Faridооn did not say a word in support, he supports only males. The same Hrithik, who announced that Super 30 has another director – he lied, Vikas aboard Super 30 and Hrithik helps him to thoroughly clean his image. Deepika, instead Me too releases enthusiastic pr about her wedding, or again speaks of depression. Priyanka and Anushka do not care at all. In fact, no one cares and everyone hopes that all this will soon be forgotten. Even in my country (like Europe) there is a similar mindset. they write there why Bollywood copies Hollywood, needs this dirt? All these women (victims) just do their own PR to remember them. The case of the accusation Sushant – a girl writes He could not do it. He is so handsome, I do not believe it! Do you understand the stupidity of these people? Is it really for them that this is not a serious problem to be fought, but entertainment? I am a woman and I support women who have suffered at the hands of hooligans. There are still no rape charges (grave offense), only harassment. And in fact there is any, the worst dirt and perversion

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  2. LondonThumakda says:

    My biggest pet peeve with Bollywood is item songs. I remember when i was in school and babuji zara dheere chalo came out and i thought to myself if this happened in real life that poor woman would have been torn to shreds by that salivating crowd of men it made me really uncomfortable. Even Stree, which i loved, had a completely gratuitous item number. Why? Kareena’s fevicol song – UGH. deepika in lovely – double UGH.

    That and the stalker-harasser vibe hindi film heroes gave out in the 90s. Akshay kumar was the worst. remember the song khud ko kya samajhti hai? there was another film i cant remember where he forces this chick to wear a sari because thats the only way she’ll be a “proper woman”. and the film Dil where aamir khan’s mission in life was to harass and break madhuri’s spirit for being too arrogant. i can go on but there is a reason india is full of men who just cant take no for an answer. cos the films teach them from a young age that no means yes and the guy always gets the girl in the end.

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    • Amanda says:

      But people should know the difference between a movie and reality. Despite the song and dance sequences in bollywood movies, I hardly saw someone dancing that way on the streets in real life.. Despite the action scenes where the hero punches and kicks the villains, I hardly saw someone fighting like that in real.. I think the audience to some extent understands the difference between reel and real…

      Yes, bollywood was more regressive in the past and in present too eg Namaste England. But the sole responsibility of morally educating the crowd should not be on bollywood. Bollywood is for entertainment and that’s it. It the combination consciousness of the government, the courts, the media and the society that can bring change in age old patriarchal mindset. Harmless item songs, a little bit of glamour on screen should not be blamed for moral degradation. According to me, the politicians are failing us the most. No new progressive policies are enacted and their vision is restricted to getting votes in upcoming elections. The courts, rbi, media etc are also under control of these elected members and they are losing their autonomy which is very important in a democratic society like ours.

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