The biggies of Bollywood have been accused of a variety of crimes, ranging from rape – in some cases of minors – to exploitation, assault, abuse, intimidation and threats. Despite allegations, all these men have gone on to enjoy great success and have been lauded with awards. SALMAN KHAN Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 2002, spoke about the emotional and physical abuse she experienced during her relationship with him. OM PURI In 2013, Om Puri’s wife, Nandita Puri, revealed in her biography that he had raped their 14-year-old housekeeper. SUBHASH GHAI In the early 1990s, actress Manisha Koirala’s mother accused Ghai of coming on to her daughter during the shoot of the 1991 hit, Saudagar. Koirala never worked with Ghai again.
In 2010, author Rina Golan revealed similar advances by Ghai in her memoir. MADHUR BHANDARKAR Model-turned-actress Preeti Jain accused Bhandarkar, a National film award-winning director, of raping her 16 times between 1999 and 2004, while promising to marry and cast her in roles, in a complaint filed in 2004. Since then, Bhandarkar has made more than 10 films. RAJESH KHANNA Khanna’s live-in partner, Anita Advani, accused him of sexual assault when she was a 13-yr-old. VARUN GROVER Award-winning lyricist and writer was called out by a former student of BHU for misbehaving with her in 2001. ADITI MITTAL Stand-up comedienne Kaneez Surka accused comic Aditi Mittal of forcefully kissing and putting her ‘tongue in my mouth’ while she was hosting a show. ADITYA PANCHOLI Kangana Ranaut, faced ridicule for speaking about being physically abused as a minor, when she was new in the industry.
Former actress Pooja Bedi accused Pancholi of raping her 15-year-old domestic worker. ALOK NATH Vinta Nanda, a veteran writer-producer of the 1990s’ show ‘Tara’ has accused the actor of sexually violating her two decades ago.