When 15-year-old Rekha was forcibly kissed by 30-year-old Bengali actor Biswajeet: Thursday Throwback
First Published 8, Oct 2020, 1:27 PM
Teenager Rekha became a victim of on-set molestation by actor Biswajeet at Bombay's Mahboob Studio; read details
Today in throwback Thursday we found a piece of news which was on-set molestation from 1969, which took place between actor Biswajeet and Rekha.
That time Rekha was 15-years-old and Biswajeet 30-years-old and they were shooting for Anjana Safar when the Bengali actor forced his lips upon hers and kissed for five minutes straight.
During that, Rekha closed her eyes and tears came down. Watching them the team cheered and whistled behind the camera. The whole incident was mentioned in the book called Rekha: The Untold Story by Yaseer Usman.
"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," it further said.
Biswajeet had later explained that he should not be blamed for the incident, but the director Raja Nawathe as the entire idea was his.
Biswajeet had also said that he was following the instructions of the director who felt this scene was essential to the plot. "It was not for my enjoyment, but important for the film. Rekha felt betrayed and was furious," Biswajeet had stated.