The #MeToo movement is in the midst of turning the tables in the showbiz industry for women. After the dissolution of production house Phantom Films house due to sexual assault allegations against Vikas Bahl we have another case. The famous composer and judge of Indian Idol Anu Malik stepped down from his position at show due to several allegations.
Shweta Pandit, singer accused Malik of being a “pedophile and sexual predator”.
“He was recording a group song with Sunidhi and Shaan for the film ‘Awara Pagal Deewana’, when my mother and I walked in the monitor room. He told me to wait in the small cabin inside where singers sang at Empire studio. It was just him and me there,”
Anu Malik then asked Pandit to sing a few lines for a voice test.
“I sang it well so he said, ‘I’ll give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now’. He then smiled, what I’d recall the most evil grin I’ve seen. I went numb and pale in the face. I was only 15 years old then, still in school,” she said in her tweet.
Whereas Lyricist Sameer Anjaan defended Anu Malik on his Facebook post, says he was present at Shweta Pandit’s audition and Shweta had asked to go to a private room.
Alisha Chinai (molestation in the ’90s. The matter was settled a few years later and they reconciled as co-judges on Indian Idol. She also dragged him to court.) Caralisa Monteiro, Sona Mohapatra and two more unnamed women were few who came ahead to speak against the acclaimed music director among many allegations against him.
Sony Entertainment Television issued a statement that Malik has stepped down from the jury panel of singing reality show, Indian Idol:
“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,”
Malik also shared a statement saying he is taking a break from the show.
“I, Anu Malik, have decided to take a break from Indian Idol as I am currently unable to focus on my work on the show. The channel has been kind to agree for the same. Thank you,”
According to these reports, the format that the channel organizers will now follow for the show will involve guest judges every week. The first guest appearance was made by musicians Salim – Sulaiman.