At the trailer launch event of Akiv Ali’s upcoming comedy De De Pyaar De, Ajay Devgn was asked about Alok Nath being a part of the film’s star cast

Actor Ajay Devgn’s new film De De Pyaar Dealso features actor Alok Nath, who was named and shamed in India’s #MeToo movement last year. Speaking of Alok Nath’s casting in the project, actor Ajay Devgn said during the launch of the film’s trailer today, “This is not the right place to talk about it. And jinki aap baat kar rahe hai woh film uske pehle complete hui. Nath plays a pivotal role in the film which is produced by Luv Ranjan. A noted TV-producer writer and two actresses accused him of rape and grave sexual misconduct, plays a pivotal role in the film. Tara writer Vinta Nanda first recounted her harrowing account of rape, in which she implicated Alok Nath, in October 2018. A major chunk of De De Pyaar De completed in the first half of 2018. The writer-director had in a Facebook post shared the mental trauma she experienced, which forced her to drink irresponsibly and dabble in drugs up until 2008, and how she finally found her voice back as a writer with social media.

She had alleged that Nath sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion after he was fired from the 1993 show for misbehaving with its lead actor Navneet Nishan. Nishan supported the writer-producer’s allegations against Nath while confirming the harassment she had also faced at the hands of the actor. Besides, Devgn, De De Pyaar De also stars Rakul Preet, Tabu and Jimmey Shergill. The film is scheduled to release on 17 May.

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