Remember Daisy Irani from iconic films like Boot Polish, Jagte Raho, Naya Daur among others? Well, yesteryear’s child actor Daisy Irani has come up with the most shocking and depressing revelation.
Daisy Irani, who was one of the biggest child stars of Indian film industry, has spoken about the sexual abuse in Hindi film industry. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Irani revealed she raped by a family acquaintance and guardian when she was merely six-years-old.
Daisy Irani, nowadays better known as the maternal aunt of Farhan and Zoya Akhtar and Farah Khan revealed that she was just six years old when she was raped: “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.”
Almost after six decades and more, Irani recounts the gruesome childhood incident. She further reveals, “That man is dead and gone. His name was Nazar, he was related to the famous singer Zohrabai Ambalewali. Obviously, he had contacts in the film industry. My mother was hell-bent on making me a star. I made my debut in the Marathi movie, Baby. So Uncle Nazar (she rolls her eyes here) had accompanied me to the shoot of Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke in Madras. 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.”
When further asked if the incident took a psychological toll on the young Daisy? To which, she replied, “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 really?”
“When I was 15 or so”, she recalls, “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 located somewhere between Maratha Mandir cinema and the Tardeo circle. 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.”
When her younger sister Honey entered the movies, Daisy Irani made sure to be protective of her. She reveals, “Both 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 he 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.”
Daisy Irani was last seen in Farah Khan’s Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone multi-starrer Happy New Year.