Musician Amaal Malik has said that he doesn’t consider uncle Anu Malik as a part of his immediate family. Amaal was asked to comment on the sexual harassment allegations made against his uncle, a veteran music director in Bollywood.
Amaal told BollywoodLife, “When it happened, it is obviously a little humiliating. But, more importantly, I would like to say that my family is first my four people. Beyond that, I don’t count anyone as a family. Unki apni family (he has his own family) hai and it was a tough time for them.”
Anu Malik was accused of sexual harassment by singers Sona Mohapatra and Shweta Pandit during the #MeToo movement that swept across Indian media industries late 2018. Pandit claimed that she was underage at the time of the assault. “I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15 years old then, still in school. Can anyone imagine what it felt like at that moment? It felt like someone had stabbed me in the stomach. I referred to this man as ‘Anu uncle’, he knew my entire family for decades,” she wrote in a post. Anu has denied the allegations.
Had to go back to my worst memory as a teenage girl today to write this and speak up – its now or never. This is my #MeToo and have to warn young girls about #AnuMalik & let you know your #TimesUp @IndiaMeToo
Thank you @sonamohapatra for speaking up about him & supporting this pic.twitter.com/e261pGQyEq
— Shweta Pandit (@ShwetaPandit7) October 17, 2018
Amaal said in the interview that he was friends with Sona. “I’m close to Sona Mohapatra, if she has said about Anu Malik there must be a reason. And if there is a reason they should move to the court,” he said.
Amaal will appear as a judge on the latest season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs. Anu, meanwhile, was fired as the judge on Indian Idol following the allegations. “Anu Malik is no longer a part of Indian Idol jury panel. The show will continue its planned schedule & we’ll invite some of the biggest names in Indian music as guests to join Vishal and Neha to judge extraordinary talent of Indian Idol season 10,” an official statement read.
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First Published: Feb 01, 2019 18:05 IST