Assistant Director Accuses Shyam Kaushal Of Sexual Harassment
The #MeToo movement is bringing out more names with every passing day. Nameeta Prakash, an assistant director, has accused Bollywood action director Shyam Kaushal of inappropriate behaviour.
Incident dates back to 2006
Nameeta, who has worked on films like Manorama Six Feet Under, Ab Tak Chhappan and Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd, took to Twitter to share her account. She wrote that during an outdoor shoot, Shyam asked her to join him for a drink in his room. When she firmly refused the drink, he showed her a pornographic MMS on his mobile phone.
— Nameeta Prakash (@namabird7) October 14, 2018
Revealing her story, she shared: “Back in 2006 on an outdoor shoot, Shyam Kaushal, the famous and award winning Bollywood stunt director, decided that I should be going to his room after wrap to drink vodka, the sound of that was just so wrong that I lied to him & told him I don’t drink at all. He tried to insist, by saying that I didn’t know what I am missing out on and when I stuck my ground, he picked up his phone and suddenly plugged it in front of me with a porn MMS video clip on it.”
Nameeta mentioned that she informed her line producer about it within half an hour of the incident happening. “She was appalled but didn’t know what she could do at that point, but she did make sure I was never alone with the stunt team on any of the stunt days on the rest of the schedule,” she added.
Shyam Kaushal is an award-winning winning veteran action director, who has worked in several projects such as Padmaavat, Bajirao, Dangal, among others. He has not yet responded to the allegations
Sajid Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher and Vikas Bahl are among the big names that have been named following the #MeToo movement. Sajid recently stepped down as the director of Houseful 4 after actor Akshay Kumar declared that he would not work with “proven offenders”.
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