Producers of hit reality show ‘Indian Idol’ and broadcaster Sony Entertainment Television are yet to take a call on Anu Malik’s future as judge on the show, after two singers came forward accusing the musician of sexual harassment.
Sona Mohapatra was first to call out Anu Malik branding him “a serial predator”. This was followed by fellow singer, Shweta Pandit accused the musician of sexual misconduct yesterday.
In a detailed post on her Twitter, she said she met Malik in a cabin at Empire Studio in Andheri — the composer was recording a song with Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan for ‘Awara Pagal Deewana’ (2002).
She said, “It was just him and me there. He asked me to sing without any music, as he wanted to hear my voice. I remember I sang the title song of Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega. I sang it well, so he said, ‘I’ll give you this song with Sunidhi and Shaan but first give me a kiss now.’ He then smiled, what I recall as the most evil grin I’ve seen.”
About Malik’s future on ‘Indian Idol’, which he has been a part of since 2004, a source told Mid-Day, “They have taken note of the developments, but no decision has been taken yet. It is a wait-and-watch situation as Anu Malik is synonymous with the show. Though netizens have been tagging Sony TV in their online demand to oust him, the channel officials are keeping mum for now.”
Malik has denied the rumours saying, “This is ridiculous. I don’t want to talk about it. Today anyone says anything.”