Friday, April 23, 2021

Someone tried to rape me during a film shoot: Soni Razdan

The #MeToo movement in Bollywood has led to the unravelling of new names and stories unfailingly as more and more women are coming out and sharing their horrific sexual misconduct experiences.
Veteran actress Soni Razdan, who has been a part of television and film industry for years, opened up about her #MeToo story in an interview with The Quint. She said she has been very lucky that she has not faced any sexual harassment whenever she approached someone for work but it was the ‘other ways’ that left her shaken.
She opened about the incident and said, “I was on a film shoot and somebody tried to rape me, for example, that kind of thing. Luckily they didn’t succeed.”
Further, she opened why she didn’t open about the incident at that time. “The only reason I never said anything at that time and it sounds really odd maybe but I realised if I would have opened my mouth that person would have gone through a lot of problems. He had a family, small children. And at that time I said, ok, nothing really happened, I managed to control it but obviously I never spoke to that person again. I did not talk about it because of any shame or anything like that. I felt that I would be hurting his family, whom I knew,” Razdan said.
Adding up to which she said, if the incident would have happened in today’s time she would have spoken about it. I wouldn’t have been that magnanimous, I would have complained about it I think.
Soni Razdan has worked with Alok Nath previously who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women as well as director Vinita Nanda. Speaking about him she said, “I have seen him behave very very, I would say lecherously after he has been drunk. While he never threatened me, there was once a time when I didn’t like the way he had looked at me.”