Claims have been made by Indian filmmaker Nikita Deshpande that there was some sort of alleged molestation incident occurred between veteran actress Rekha when she was 15 and Biswajeet Chatterjee.
Deccan Chronicle reports that the incident allegedly happened during the shoot of ‘Anjana Safar’ (1969) when Biswajeet forcibly kissed Rekha for up to five minutes. In the book ‘Rekha: The Untold Story’, Yaseer Usman wrote about the particular scene in the film.
“The shooting of Anjana Safar was underway in Bombay’s Mahboob Studio. Raja Nawathe was the director and cinematographer of the film. In the very first schedule of the film, Kuljeet Pal (the director), Raja and Biswajeet (the lead actor) had hatched a plan, with Rekha as the unsuspecting victim. That day a romantic scene was to be filmed between Rekha and Biswajeet. Every last detail of the strategy had been decided before the shoot. As soon as the director Raj Nawathe said ‘action’, Biswajeet took Rekha in his arms and pressed his lips on hers. Rekha was stunned. This kiss had never been mentioned to her. The camera kept rolling; neither was the director ordering ‘cut’ nor was Biswajeet letting go of her. For all of five minutes, Biswajeet kept kissing Rekha. Unit members were whistling and cheering. Her eyes were tightly shut but they were full of tears.
Recalling the day, Biswajeet referred to the incident as Raja Nawathe’s idea. Raja had insisted that he kiss Rekha, not yet fifteen, catching her by surprise. Biswajeet maintained that it was not his fault, that he was merely working on the director’s instructions. ‘It was not for my enjoyment, but important for the film. Rekha felt betrayed and was furious,’ admitted Biswajeet.”