Subhash Ghai accused of rape
Subhash Ghai, another known creep, has finally been outed by an anonymous woman, who used to work for him. Actually, this is not the first time he has been outed. There was this foreign writer, who came to Mumbai to interview Bollywood personalities some years back. That old creep tried to take advantage of her. She spoke out at that time, but very few media channels took notice of her words. This reminds us of the story that went around that while making ‘Saudagar’, he tried to take advantage of Manisha Koirala. She threatened to walk off the sets and afterwards, this old creep spread rumours that Manisha was a difficult actress to work with. Here’s a flashback:
Manisha never came in public and admitted to what all was reported. Apparently, Manisha’s mother was hopping all around and telling people about the filmmaker’s attitude. Some reports went on to claim that her mother did all this keep her daughter in limelight. Going by what all pieces of information we have, Ghai used to make sure that she met only a few people that he approved of.
Some reports even suggested that Manisha’s mother was asked to wait outside the vanity van when Ghai used to have some meetings with Manisha. Strange thing is that Manisha never opened up on the whole controversy, however, she also chose to never work again under the production banner.
The story below is by a credible media/literature personality, who has a verified Twitter account.
This story was told to Mahima Kukreja, a writer who then shared it for the rest of the world to see and shame Subhash Ghai.
“This happened when I was working with Subhash Ghai on a film. He said he would be my mentor and would guide me in the film industry. I listened cos I had no Godfather in the film industry and no friends. I was new to Mumbai. But I was hungry to learn and to prove to my parents that being a director was my true calling.”
“In the beginning he would take me to music recordings and I’d have to sit there till very late at night with other male members. No one did anything in front of him. When recordings finished I took an auto home or he would drop me. He slowly started putting his hand on my thigh, giving me a big hug saying I did good that day. Then he’d call me to script sessions at his small apartment In Lokhandwala. This was where he said he’d do script sessions with other actresses.”
“When I went there though there was no one and he was alone In his two bedroom place. This was not the house he stayed with his wife. This was he said his thinking pad. Instead of script session he started talking about how he was so misunderstood in the industry and only I was the one who loved him. He pretended to weep, and put his head on my lap. Then when he was getting up he kissed me forcefully. I was shocked and left that day.”
“The next day in office he said lovers have tiffs. And I should just get on with work. I had no other job, no financial security, no family. I let it go cos I was scared and I told only the first AD and my two other girl friends who I don’t want to name bcos they have their own cross to bear with him as he tried things with them as well.”
““One evening after a music session it became late again and he decided to have a drink. He used to love whiskey. His driver Babu used to have a ready stash in the car. No one used to check. He gave me a drink as well it was spiked. After that I remember getting into his car and I thought he was dropping me home. But he made Babu drive to Lonavala. I was in and out of consciousness but I remember clearly and I swear on my child that I asked him where are we going and please take me home.”
“He took me to Fariyas hotel. He said he went there regularly to write. They always had a suite available for him. I was wobbly but he held me n took me to the suite. He took off my jeans and he mounted me. I was trying to scream but he put his hand over my mouth. I was also not very lucid bcos of the drug in my drink. So I cried and passed out. Next morning remember he had ordered some toast and was having breakfast when I woke up. The sofas were red and musty. The sunlight streamed in from the windows to my right. I vomited.”
“He dropped me home. I took a few days off and a person from his team called to say I wouldn’t be paid for the month if I quit now. So I went back to work and gave my resignation a week later.”
“I’ve never seen him or spoken to him” but “once he was shooting somewhere n I was traveling with some friends along that route n we briefly spurred on the sets. The entire crew knew me. But I was so uncomfortable that I left immediately. These things never go away. But hey it happened to me too.”
Subhash Ghai responds to these rape allegations:
Sad that it’s becoming a fashion to malign anyone known, bringing stories from past without truth or half truth.I deny firmly all false allegations like these. I’ve always respected every woman in my life and at work place. We lived with dignity and always respected others dignity. If she claims this way, she should go to court of law & prove it. Justice will be done or I will go for defamation certainly.