The Me Too movement that gained momentum in 2018 has given courage to many women especially from the entertainment industries to come out and expose sexual predators and abusers. The latest is actress Rupanjana Mitra who has accused famous Bengali director Arindam Sil of attempting to molest her when he had called her to his office to narrate the script of the soap opera Bhumikanya.
Rupanjana has stated to Bollywood media “, “He had called me in his office to read out the script of the first episode of Bhumikanya. It was a few days before Durga puja. Surprisingly there was nobody in his office when I reached there at 5 pm. I had an uncanny feeling. Suddenly he got up from his seat and started moving his hand over my head and back. It was only him and me in his office. I was feeling scared that I would probably get raped now and desperately praying for someone to enter the room. After a while I could not take it anymore and firmly asked him to speak to me about the script. He perhaps understood that I was not that kind of woman who would give in to his tricks. He suddenly entered the director mode and started explaining the script to me and within five minutes his wife entered the office.”
Mitra has further shared that she was bound by contract with the television channel and could not speak about the incident earlier. Arindam Sil has slammed the allegations as malicious and false stating “This is probably a political stunt. I don’t know why she is saying all this. We are old friends. The day she is referring to, she texted me after leaving my office saying ‘I am so excited’. I still have the text with me and can show it. Why would she text someone who has behaved inappropriately with her? She is lying.”