Ganesh Acharya (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya was recently accused of forcing a woman dancer to watch porn videos and depriving her of work. Now, a senior background dancer has approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Tuesday, claiming she was sexually abused by Acharya in the 90s. A Mid Day report quoted the complainant as saying, ''It happened to me three decades ago. I have been married and have had kids, but he hasn’t changed one bit. When I read about the FIR, I knew I had to speak up too. In 1990, I used to go to Sahiba hall in Andheri West where several masters take dance classes. Acharya used to assist Kamal masterji. I was 18 then and working as a non-member dancer.''
Sharing the incident in detail, the new complainant further told the daily, ''One day, Acharya said it’s mandatory to learn Jive for auditions and invited me to his class in Santacruz East. Classes were held on Sundays at 11 am. His assistant Dilip picked me up from Khar subway and dropped me to a room on the first floor of Hotel East and West. I did not suspect anything till that point. There were no other students. Acharya said Dilip has gone to bring the sound system and other students. On the pretext of teaching me Jive, he kissed my neck and cheeks.''
''When I resisted, he threw me on the bed and said he wanted to make love to me and marry me. I kept saying no but he kept moving his hands over my body. I was too terrified and told him I am on my period. He finally got off from me and said, 'Kya yaar, mood kharab kar diya (you spoiled my mood)','' she told the tabloid.
Earlier, a 33-year-old woman had accused Acharya of forcing her to watch porn videos whenever she visited his office in Mumbai. In her complaint with Amboli police station, she alleged that Acharya was demanding a commission from her for working in the film industry. However, Ganesh Acharya had refuted the claims and said, ''I have explained in a press conference that some people are tarnishing my image because I took a stand against them. They control trade unions in the industry. My stand against them and in the interest of dancers is causing them losses. Everyone involved in these wrongdoings against me will be exposed. They may do many such things against me, but I will not give up.''
Earlier, veteran choreographer Saroj Khan accused Acharya of exploiting his dancers and using his position to malign the Cine Dancers Association (CDA). Acharya, however, fended off the allegations made against by Khan. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai on January 17, Saroj Khan said, "I am just saddened that Ganesh wants to divide this association which is not good. He and his father were associated with this association. It is good that we have rejoined the federation because we have to take some steps."
Tanushree Dutta had also lashed out at the choreographer for spreading "malicious rumours" about her. Along with Nana Patekar, Tanushree had filed a complaint against Ganesh Acharya as well. He was the choreographer for the 2008 film Horn OK pleassss.