Celebrities are also only average people like us with a variety of feelings and experiences in life. Some of the famous actors, like so many of us, have also been through some very traumatic experiences like sexual violence.
In some ways when you are in the spotlight it can be much harder. It is no easy thing to inform the world about your most painful moments. It calls for a lot of bravery.
The announcement by veteran actress Daisy Irani about being abused in her childhood shows how talk of such violence takes more than bravery. Irani, who starred in iconic films such as Naya Daur and Dhool Ka Phool, revealed to Mirror that she was raped when she was six years old.
After nearly 60 years Daisy Irani, who is Farhan Akhtar’s maternal daughter, Zoya Akhtar and Farah Khan, spoke about her traumatic past.
Sonam Kapoor has recently opened up on the harrowing period of her life. The actress has confirmed she has been molested as a child. It took Sonam a lot of time and interminable courage to give voice to her ordeal, despite being a celebrity.
Akshay revealed that at the age of six, he was touched inappropriately by a stranger. Akshay told,
“When I was six, I was on my way to a neighbour’s house, when the lift man touched my hip. I was really agitated and told my father (Hari Om Bhatia) about it and he filed a police complaint. Investigations revealed that the lift-man was a history-sheeter. The cops took action and the man was arrested. I was a shy kid and was relieved that I could speak about this to my parents. But even today, I find it difficult to say the word ‘bum’. We must encourage women and children to speak up and tell their families if they encounter anything strange so that they can be protected and empowered.”
Kalki is one of the actresses who doesn’t stay quiet when it comes to thinking about causes. She’d shared her past knowledge. At age nine she claimed she had been sexually assaulted.
Ace sitar player Anoushka Shankar revealed that she was sexually abused as a child by a man who was respected by her family and who created a deep emotional scar to her. She works aggressively for the health of women.
The Hollywood singer expressed her agony of being raped and traumatised by a senior music executive, 20 years older than her, at age 19.
Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is known for his stories which are powered by the material. The director admitted being molested as a child and it lasted for 11 years. As Anurag encountered the man who assaulted him after several years, he considered the accused guilt-ridden. The moviemaker wanted to put the nightmare behind him and move on. It hasn’t been easy for him, however. His ex-wife Kalki Koechlin, also the victim of child abuse, helped him put the painful period of his life behind him.
Oprah opened up about being abused by a mother at the age of nine, during a series held for victims of assault. She also revealed that other people used to harass her at a young age, which led to pregnancy at age 14.
The American film and television actress had also commented about the subject of child violence time and time again. Throughout childhood and teenage years, she revealed that she had been raped many times.
Pamela talked about being molested at age six, and then being raped at age 12.