Daisy Irani who made us laugh and giggle with her comic roles through her films has revealed a dark secret from her childhood. She is the maternal aunt of Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar and started her career as a child artist in the movies like Bandish, Dhool Ka Phool and Ek Hi Raasta.
In an interview with a leading tabloid Daisy revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of six while she was filming for Hum Panchhi Ek Dal Ke (1957). She opened up saying, "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."
The 68-year-old continued, "That man is dead and gone. His name was Nazar, he was related to the famous singer Zohrabai Ambalewaali. 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 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."
Finally breaking the silence from her deep dark childhood incident. The actress signed off saying, "My three children, my sisters…everyone knows what happened. The truth never killed anyone. If I've spoken up after years and years and if the result sounds sensational in print, no problem. There could be a flurry of 'phone calls. I just won't answer them. Simple."