Yesteryear's child actor Daisy Irani has come out and spoken about the much-hushed sexual abuse in Hindi film industry. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, said she was raped by a family acquaintance and guardian when she was merely six-years old.
Daisy Irani is one of the biggest child stars Indian film industry has ever seen. During the 1950s and 1960s she starred in a number of major hit films like Boot Polish, Naya Daur, Dhool Ka Phool to name a few, along with the biggest of the biggest names in Bollywood.
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Recalling the gruesome incident, Irani told Mirror, "The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. He accompanied me to a film shoot (Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke) in Madras. One night in the hotel room he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened."
The accused in question is dead now; he was named Nazar, who was related to the iconic singer Zohrabai Ambalewaali and had strong contacts within the industry.
Daisy Irani, the sister of popular screenwriter and former child star Honey Irani (mother of Farhan and Zoya Akhtar) and Menka Irani (mother of Farah and Sajid Khan), became really "protective" of her sisters after the tragic incident.
On being asked whether this was the beginning of the #MeToo campaign in India, she said she chose to speak out more for child actors working in film and TV industry these days. She wants to make the parents of those child actors aware of what happens behind the spotlight. She also said that child actor have it tough and in a majority of cases they have been taken advantage of.
Daisy Irani was last seen in Farah Khan's Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone multi-starrer Happy New Year.