Bollywood singer Akriti Kakar allegedly had to run away fearing her safety after performing at a show in from Cooch Behar, West Bengal.
Kakar, in a Facebook post, wrote that she was ‘threatened and pushed’ backstage by a ‘drunk and rowdy’ male after a performing at a show. Without naming the assailant, she alleged that the person who abused her came to the backstage along with the Chairman of the district municipality to click some photos like many others in the audience.
Later, in a series of comments that followed her post she clarified: “A person accompanying the chairman’s son who came to click pictures misbehaved, pushed and threatened me. He was dressed in a brown safari suit. If you were in my place, you might have hit him back. I am not blaming the chairman or the son. I have blamed that scary man who pushed me etc.”
While many people from Cooch Behar expressed their disappointment and apologised for the alleged ill-treatment she experienced, few supporters of the chairman snubbed her on Facebook and said she was leveling ‘false allegations’.
TMC MLA Rabindra Nath Ghosh from Cooch Behar also attacked the singer for her post. Ghosh wrote, “I have strongly condemned the false allegation against coochbehar people akriti s attitute are not social.(sic)” Kakar clarified her stance on the matter and said that her only intention was to bring the matter before public was to highlight the trauma faced by her and team.
Kakar in reply to Ghosh’s allegations wrote, ” I have only mentioned the problem and trauma caused to me because of a certain one particular person backstage who was loud and rowdy and drunk. He was accompanying the chairman’s family who came backstage to click pictures like many others. I finished my concert according to the promised time duration and faced this backstage. For me this was the first time something like this happened. We were threatened by him. It would have not been so bad if someone would have handled this backstage and made peace. We had to leave the city and go towards Siliguri in fear of that one person. I am not saying anything in general about you or the organiser’s or the chairman’s family or my lovely audience in Cooch Behar.”
Akriti Kakar, a well known singer in West Bengal and Bengali music industry, was the voice behind many popular numbers by composer Jeet Ganguly. Her recent hits in Bollywood include ‘Iski Uski’ song from ‘2 States’ and ‘Daingad Daingad’ from ‘Humpty Sharma KI Dulhania’.