Israeli actor Rina Golan who accused filmmaker Anees Bazmee, Subhash Ghai and others of sexual harassment will have to face lawsuit from Bazmee. The director is not only suing Golan, he will also take up the issue of banning imported junior artistes to protect filmmakers against casting couch, reports Subhash K Jha.
"After he read the Israeli girl's accusations, Anees met Subhash Ghai who was also named as one of the accused. While Ghai chose to be calm over the matter Anees took the allegations personally. He felt that such accusations against producers-filmmakers were becoming prevalent in the industry and that strong measures need to be taken," a source told Jha.
Bazmee will not only fight for himself, he's also planning to go to the root of the problem. He is looking for a legal recourse on the banning of imported chorus girls and junior artistes to feature in Bollywood. He has put forward a proposal to this effect, says Jha.
"I'm speaking to them to see what can be done. A defamation case is long and expensive. This girl has tried to hurt my reputation. To this day you will never come across one girl in the film industry who finds me perverse."
So has Anees ever met Golan? 'It took me a long time to even remember her name. She was in a crowd scene in my Welcome. I was told she played one of the spectators in a scene featuring Katrina in a shopping-mall fire. I can't remember her face," the director told Jha.
Background at a quick glance
Jerusalem-born author Golan has named industry veterans Subhash Ghai, Anup Jalota, Anees Bazmee and even Dr Ali Irani in her 119-page biography Dear Mr Bollywood, where she claims they have all asked her for sexual favours.