Swara Bhaskar: Swara Bhaskar recently opened up on being sexually harassed in an interview to a leading publication in which she recalled an instance of how a film director entered her room, drunk, and wanted to hug her. She also revealed that she was asked for sexual favours in exchange for a role, and how she lost out on some movies because she wouldn't agree to it
Shilpa Shinde: Shilpa Shinde, best remembered as Angoori bhabhi from daily soap 'Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai', filed a sexual harassment case against the show's producer Sanjay Kohli. Shilpa, who was part of the show for over a year, claims in her FIR that Sanjay would call her "sexy", hug her forcefully and touch her waist and breasts. "Once make-up man Pinku Patwa saw him harassing me. Pinku was sacked the next day. When I spurned his advances, he sacked me from the show," Shilpa said
Somy Ali: Salman Khan's ex-girlfriend Somy Ali was molested as a child. "I was sexually assaulted by a house-help when I was just five. When I am invited for a talk at high schools and universities in the US, I share this with the students. I believe sharing my personal experiences would encourage others to speak out and not be ashamed about being a victim," she said. Somy registered No More Tears in 2006 to help victims of abuse brought to the US from around the world
Rhea Chakraborty: Actress-VJ Rhea Chakraborty was groped and molested in her own building in Khar, Mumbai in 2014. Rhea took to Twitter to talk about the unfortunate incident. "I just got groped by a very well dressed man who casually walks into my building in broad daylight,with 2 watchmen chilling in the building, (sic)" Rhea tweeted. She further wrote, "Luckily, I take martial arts classes and managed to kick him real hard..And screamed so he ran away...But Mumbai is suffocatingly unsafe. (sic)" The actress filed an FIR in the case and suggested that all girls should go for self-defence classes
Tinaa Dattaa: Telly actress Tina Dattaa, best remembered as Ichcha from TV show 'Uttaran', went through a harrowing time while travelling from Mumbai to Rajkot. Tina alleged a co-passenger seated behind her touched her inappropriately. Tina said, "As soon as I sat down, I felt someone trying to sneak his hands through the side and touch me. I screamed at him. Taken aback, the man, identified as Rajesh, started stammering and apologised. Crew members intervened, but proved to be of little help. They had the audacity to tell me such things happen and that they will change the man's seat. I demanded that he be offloaded, but was told that I would also have to get off to file a complaint."
Sonam Kapoor: In an interview with film critic and host Rajeev Masand, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor made a startling revelation of being molested when she was 13-14 years old. While addressing the issue of child sexual abuse, Sonam Kapoor said, "Everybody goes through some sort of sexual abuse in their childhood. I know I have been molested when I was younger and it was traumatising. I didn't speak about it for two years or three years. I remember the incident so clearly - I was going to watch a film with Raveena Tandon and Akshay Kumar and I went with my friends to Gaiety Galaxy theatre. We were about 13-14 years old... We'd wanted to get these samosas from outside and it was a gang of girls and you know, we used to hold each other's shoulders and walk. I was last because I was the tallest obviously and I was holding on... it was my friend Ekta's birthday... I remember very clearly. We walked in. There was a man who came from behind and just held my breasts like that. And obviously, I didn't have breasts at that time. I started shaking and shivering and I didn't know what was going on and I started crying right there. I didnt speak about it. I just sat there and I finished watching the film because I felt that I'd done something wrong for the longest time."
Shenaz Treasurywala: Actress Shenaz Treasurywala, who is remembered as Alisha from the film 'Ishq Vishk', says she doesn't feel safe on Holi as she has been "inappropriately touched". The actress, who shared a tweet on Holi, says she has been touched with the excuse of "Holi hai (It's Holi)." "I don't feel safe on Holi, I've been inappropriately touched a lot with the excuse of "Holi Hain". So, sorry if I am not all that excited about Holi," she wrote. The 'Delhi Belly' actress says it is a "little traumatic" for her. "Truth is it's a little traumatic. It's not my shame it's theirs. It's not my shame," she added.
Twinkle Khanna: In the wake of the recent TVF CEO Arunabh Kumar being accused of sexual harassment, Bollywood actress-turned-writer Twinkle Khanna made a startling revelation of having faced sexual harassment at work. In a column for Times of India, Twinkle Khanna opened up about the incident. She wrote, "Have any frogs tried to catch me between their webbed feet? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. A few years ago, a message on my phone reduced me to tears in the car. I had reached breaking point after months of suggestive messages from a wealthy, powerful client that I had been pretending not to understand because all I wanted to do was to complete the project in a professional manner. And so I ended up as a statistic - the 38% of women who faced sexual harassment at work, according to a survey done by the Indian National Bar association. I am a fairly assertive woman, and married to a man who onscreen punches holes in walls with his bare fists and yet I haven't been spared, so I shudder to think about what happens to the vast majority of working women."
Pankhuri Awasthy: Actress Pankhuri Awasthy, who plays the role of a rape victim in TV show 'Kya Kasoor Hai Amla Ka?', says she gathered the courage to slap a man who touched her inappropriately. She is proud that she stood up against harassment. "Recently, I was in Bengaluru with my friends and I was wearing a skirt. There was this guy who came and he had the courage to touch my thighs. I slapped him then and there itself," she said.
Pratibha Tiwari: Pratibha Tiwari, better known as Naiya from 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya', was allegedly molested by a drunk man in Mumbai. The actress and her hairdresser were at Kandivali highway when said the incident happened. The actress was waiting for someone when a stranger, who was drunk, came near her, and started misbehaving. Unperturbed though, the actress dragged the molester to a nearby police station, and even registered an FIR. Pratibha told Times of India, "It's surprising that such an incident could occur on a busy road at 10 pm. It was shocking but a revelation, too. I learnt that women are scared to lodge a complaint in these cases, but I would urge them to fight it out."
Mona Wasu: Popular television actress Mona Wasu, who shared screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in Anurag Kashyap's finite series 'Yudh', was allegedly molested on a jetty while returning home from work. The incident took place in Versova, Mumbai. Mona says, "I was returning home and this guy rubbed me in a wrong way. So, I beat the living daylights out of him and then handed him over to the police besides registering an FIR. The cops dropped me home."
Sofia Hayat: At an event in Mumbai few years back, Sofia Hayat revealed about being sexually abused as a child. "When I was only 10, my uncle had sexually abused me. I want to tell everyone that behind this glamour doll image of mine lurks a disturbed childhood," said Sofia
Kalki Koechlin: Kalki Koechlin was sexually abused as a child, but she said that she didn't want to talk about it on a public platform. She said that a revelation like that just becomes like a 'shocking headline' but somebody 'who has gone through CSA (child sexual abuse) is not a headline'
Koena Mitra: Koena Mitra was inappropriately touched by a stalker in a hotel on New Year's Eve in 2008 after she had performed there. "I had this most traumatic experience. I was physically attacked by a man, about six feet tall. It started with him following me around at the show... Before anyone knew what was happening, the demented man pounced on me and grabbed at my waist," Koena said. "I was so shocked that I hit him," she added
Geetika Tyagi: Director Subhash Kapoor, who allegedly molested aspiring actress Geetika Tyagi, was arrested and released on bail on the same day. In April 2014, Geetika Tyagi had filed a complaint against Subhash Kapoor at the Versova police station alleging he had tried to rape her two years ago. Tyagi tweeted the news on the social networking site. She posted, "Subhash Kapoor has been arrested today. I have full faith in the Indian judicial system thanks #Mumbai Police." She had also uploaded a video showing her slapping Kapoor, in front of his wife, after accusing him of sexually abusing her
In the wake of the #MeToo social media hashtag campaign, aimed at raising awareness about sexual assault, being named the most influential 'person' by Time magazine in 2017, we recount stories of actresses from Bollywood and television who have spoken up about being molested and sexual harassment