I was raped by my guardian when I was 6, reveals yesteryear actor Daisy Irani

I was raped by my guardian when I was 6, reveals yesteryear actor Daisy Irani

I was raped by my guardian when I was 6, reveals yesteryear actor Daisy Irani

Popular child actor of yesteryear, Daisy Irani, opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered during childhood.

The maternal aunt of actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and choreographer-director Farah Khan, was raped when she was just 6, by her guardian during the shoot of Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke (1957) in Chennai.

"The man who did this was supposed to be my guardian. He accompanied me to a film shoot (Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke) in Madras. One night in the hotel room, he violated me, hit me with a belt and warned me that he would kill me if I ever told anyone about what had happened," the 68-year-old told a newspaper in an interview.

"That man is dead and gone. His name was Nazar. He was related to famous singer Zohrabai Ambalewaali. Obviously, he had contacts in the film industry. My mother was hell-bent on making me a star," Daisy Irani said.
"I can recall the incident only in flashes, but I do remember the killing pain, and the visual of him belting me. The next morning, I was back at the studio as if nothing had happened. For years, I couldn't dare to tell my mother about what he had done," she revealed.

As a child actor in the 1950s and 1960s, she is known for films such as Bandish (1955), Ek Hi Raasta (1956), Naya Daur (1957), Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke (1957), Jailor (1958), Qaidi No 911 (1959) and Do Ustad (1959). As a supporting actor, she acted in Kati Patang in 1971.

She is the eldest of three sisters, the other two being Honey Irani and Menaka Irani.

Her younger sister Honey, who was also a child-star, went on to marry script-writer Javed Akhtar and is the mother of Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar.

Irani's other sister, Menaka, is married to the filmmaker Kamran Khan and is the mother of filmmakers Sajid Khan and Farah Khan.

Daisy, when she was 19, married screenwriter K K Shukla -   and literally left her acting career. She has three children, a son named Kabir and two daughters, Varsha and Ritu. She was last seen in Farah Khan's Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone multi-starrer Happy New Year.

"Thanks to our mother, Perin, our lives, when we were kids, resembled a never-ending black comedy," she said. Speaking in detail of her parents, she said: "Both (she and Honey Irani) of us had a common obsession: to get married and leave home as soon as we could. I revered dad. He was cute and he loved us to pieces, but would always be busy at work - his family owned the B Merwan Café at Grant Road. I loved my mother too, but I guess I hated her as well."

Speaking on the incident and the impact on her, she said: "All I can say is as I grew up, I started flirting outrageously, I would tease and taunt men. I did not even understand what I was doing. I became badtameez (without manners). With time, my mother did get to know about the Madras incident but what could be done?"

Irani also revealed that a producer made unwanted sexual advances at her when she was a teenager.

"When I was 15 or so mother made me wear a sari, padded me up with a new-fangled sponge, and left me alone with producer Mallikchand Kochar, who was planning a film called Mere Huzoor then, at his office," Irani said.
"It was all quite hilarious... He joined me on the sofa and started touching me… I knew what was on his mind. I took out the sponge things and handed them to him. He was furious. Now why did I do that? Because, I've always seen the funnier side of things."

DH Newsletter Privacy Policy Get top news in your inbox daily
GET IT
Comments (+)