Pop singer Alisha Chinai says, ‘When I sued Anu Malik, I fought it alone. It was an unprecedented landmark verdict.’
Pop singer Alisha Chinai was the #MeToo girl of the 90s when she filed a sexual harassment suit against Bollywood music composer-director Anu Malik back when she was one of the rising singers.
After pressing charges, the singer, who entertained us with songs like Made in India, Dil Ye Kehta Hai, Kaate Nahin, Sexy Sexy, Kajra Re, etc, went into hibernation, to try to deal with the trauma. According to report published in Mumbai Mirror, she spent several years as a recluse in Alibaug, in her home that resembled the White House.
“Every case and incident of sexual offence is very different, and only the one who wears the shoe knows where it hurts,” Chinai said.
“When I sued (Anu) Malik, I fought it alone. It was an unprecedented landmark verdict and a restraining order was passed against him. The man has repeatedly begged for my forgiveness. I have chosen to forgive him and moved on,” she added. She demanded Rs 26.60 lakh as compensation from the musician as settlement. Later, Anu Malik also filed a Rs 2 crore defamation case against her.
Later, both decided never to work together again but she did sing a song in 2012's Ishq Vishk, which is Shahid Kapoor's debut film. They also appeared together as judges for a singing reality show Indian Idol. 25 years later, Chinai is back with a song called Wild At Heart.
Reports also suggest that Chinai will perform at the Times Litfest at Mehboob Studios in December.
A few days ago, singer Sona Mohapatra called Anu Malik a 'serial predator', an allegation the music director dismissed, claiming he has never met her. In an Instagram post, she wrote, "To all the young girls & women who are coming out with their experiences with this creep, journalists, ‘fans’ & even kids from college, know that you are not alone. This guy, #KailashKher is a serial predator & has been for years as are many others like Anu Malik in the industry. (SIC)"
Last Updated 1:11 PM IST