New Delhi: Anirban Blah, the co-founder of Kwan Entertainment and also accused of #MeToo movement in India, allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping off the old Vashi bridge in Navi Mumbai late on Thursday night, news agency ANI reported. Blah was reportedly rescued by the police after they saw him climbing the barricades of the bridge.
Anirban took this extreme step as he was in depression due to #Metoo allegation against him, said Senior police inspector Vashi Traffic. Police, later on, called his family and friends who took him home.
According to media reports, Mid-Day newspaper had published a report quoting four women said that they faced harassment at the hands of Blah. Following which, Blah, who headed the talent management company, was asked to step down from his position.
Earlier this week, the company also issued a statement, “We have asked Anirban Blah to forthwith step aside from his duties, activities, and responsibilities are KWAN, its subsidiaries and affiliates with immediate effect.”
Kwan manages actors like Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Recently MJ Akbar also resigned following an allegation of sexual harassment against him. As many as 20 women, including 19 women journalists who have worked with ‘The Asian Age’ newspaper, had issued a joint statement extending support of their colleague Priya Ramani who has accused Union minister M J Akbar of sexual harassment.
About #MeToo movement
The #MeToo movement began a year ago in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published several stories about decades-long predation of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
However, it gained momentum in India after Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta recently accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Following her revelation, accusations are being made against some powerful personalities in the media and the entertainment industry, including Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Piyush Mishra, Vikas Bahl, and many others.