On Wednesday a shocked nation and its favourite moral watchdogs woke up to Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra dancing to Anu Malik’s voice in a new video for the upcoming Yash Raj Film Sandeep & Pinky Faraar.
Malik, disgraced and apparently banned by all major production houses , seems to have made a backdoor entry into showbiz.
Shocking, considering Yash Raj had declared zero-tolerance for workplace harassment. In fact a senior executive Ashish Patil was sacked from Yash Raj in October 2018 based on one unsubstantiated allegation against him of sexual misconduct.
And now here is Anu Malik who has multiple such allegations against him, making a full-throated comeback to Yash Raj which had declared him persona non-grata after the allegations.
I tried to get to the bottom of this disgraceful about-turn and was told by someone close to Yash Raj, “You must understand that Sandeep & Pinky Faraar was completed two years ago when the allegations against Malik were not there. It was only after the allegations that Yash Raj banned him.”
Nonetheless the return of the disgraced musician is disgraceful. As a shocked leading lady who has worked with Yash Raj said to me, “They could’ve dubbed his voice at least, if it was not possible to get all his music and songs out of the film. Hearing him blare everywhere is a sign of shameless defiance and re-acceptance of a singer repeatedly disgraced.”