After Sona Mohapatra shared an incident of sexual harassment by Anu Malik, Shweta Pandit has come forward to corroborate Mohapatra’s claims with a story of her own.
Pandit recalled an incident on Twitter from 2000, when she was called to sing a song for Malik at his studio, “I sang it well so he said, ‘I’ll give you this song with Sunidhi (Chauhan) 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. Can anyone even imagine what it felt that moment? It felt like someone had just stabbed me in my stomach. I referred to this man as ‘Anu uncle’ he knew my entire family for decades and knew us as a respected gharana of musicians for generations who have given our entire lives dedicated to music for four generations.”
Highlighting the impact Malik’s actions have had on her, Pandit told Pinkvilla, “No amount of apology will bring back my crucial years of growing up… I had gone into a depression, meri childhood ki vaat laga di thi (my childhood was ruined).” Malik has not responded to any such allegations so far.