MeToo India: Vipul Shah accused of sexual harassment

Sacred Games actress Elnaaz Norouzi accused Bollywood filmmaker Vipul Shah of making sexual advances on her

Elnaaz Norouzi ,Vipul Shah MeToo India: Vipul Shah accused of sexual harassment

The MeToo movement is going strong in full force. Tanushree Dutta who has been heralded as the torchbearer of the movement has ignited the spirit of many women to come out in public to share their MeToo story.

Some of the offenders include Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan, Subhash Ghai, Chetan Bhagat, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath. The latest to face the brunt is filmmaker Vipul Shah. The filmmaker has joined the list of sexual offenders after Sacred Games actress Elnaaz Norouzi accused him of sexual harassment.

The actress stated that during the auditioning of Namaste England, the filmmaker sexually assaulted her. Narrating her story to a leading daily, the actress said, "I met him again in his office, and again he mentioned, "We will sign the papers over the next couple of days." This time, when we were saying bye, he came on to me. It was too close for comfort. I didn't get the right vibe. He gave a peck on my face. I didn't expect it. The next time we met at his office, he tried to kiss me. I backed off, said, ‘What are you doing? We are in your office!' I pushed him away, being affirmative; but careful enough not to come across as rude, because I really wanted the film."

She further stated that Vipul never briefed her story of Namaste England even though she was on the sets of the film in Patiala.

Elnaaz said, "He said, "Come to my room. I will make you hear the script." At this point, he touched my butt, and dragged me towards himself. I dodged him, went to my room, and sat there wondering if I should just give in."

However, Vipul asked Elnaaz to drop Sacred Games as soon as he learnt about her involvement in the series.

"He said that he would launch me in a big way. It was a girl-next-door part in Namaste England, and that he was clear he would not be able to cast me, as a result of Sacred Games, and that I should skip the offer since they would make me do nude scenes. I was mentally tortured for three months. It was evident that if I slept with Vipul, I would get the part. Every time I went to his office, he tried (to hit) on me. He (would) inappropriately touch me, and (try to) kiss me," she said.

Fearing to Vipul Shah's power in the industry, Elnaaz didn't complain about him to the police, as she believed that he could easily rupture her career in the industry. However, she rather chose to be a part of the MeToo campaign by sharing her story to put a halt on the illicit tradition of Bollywood.