Filmmaker Subhash Ghai has been accused of drugging and raping a woman who worked with her on a film in the past. In an anonymous social media post, shared by writer Mahima Kukreja, a woman has alleged that Ghai called her over at his ‘thinking pad’, a small place where he didn’t use to live with his wife, and forcefully kissed her. The posts then mentioned that the filmmaker tried to take sexual advantage of her by putting his hand on her thigh and kissing her forcefully. The post read, “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.”
The woman added, “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”.
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The post further read, “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”.
However, in an official statement released by Ghai, he has denied all the claims and maintained that he didn’t take any sexual advantage and has always been quite respectful towards women. The statement read, “As I hear some allegation made against me in the air from a section of media, I state hereby to the best of my truth. It’s very sad that it’s becoming a fashion to malign anyone known, bringing some stories from the past without any truth or half-truth. I deny strictly and firmly all false allegation like these. I have always respected every woman in my life and at workplace whatsoever. We live with dignity and respect other’s dignity always”.
Well, all we can say is that #MeToo has evidently hit Bollywood hard!