MUMBAI: KWAN Entertainment founder Anirban Das Blah, a popular Bollywood celebrity manager who has been accused of sexual misconduct, reportedly tried to end his life early on Friday but was saved at the last minute, police said. The incident happened at 1 a.m. on Friday. Blah was caught and rescued by a traffic police patrol in Vashi area and handed over to police, a traffic police official said.
Blah’s statement was recorded and he was released. The police advised his family to seek professional counseling for him.
Blah was asked to step aside from his position in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him after multiple reported accounts indicated that Blah had made sexual advances towards women.
Following this, KWAN Entertainment said on Wednesday that Blah had resigned from all his responsibilities and designations (including as a member of the Board of Directors) at KWAN and its subsidiaries/affiliates with immediate effect.
The company manages prominent names like Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pritam, Mahesh Babu, and Rana Dagubatti.
The #MeToo movement in India sparked with actor Tanushree Dutta renewing a 10-year-old allegation against fellow actor Nana Patekar, opening the floodgates for a sea of complaints against several other celebrities.
Blah grew up in Shillong, where his parents worked at the State Bank of India. He moved to Delhi to finish his classes XI and XII at the Delhi Public School (DPS) Mathura Road, before enrolling for a Bachelor’s degree in English literature at Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College, where he became involved in student politics as the head of the North Eastern Students’ Federation of India.
“There was a lot of violence, because student politics in Delhi University is always violent,” he says. “I couldn’t relate to the environment at Kirori Mal at all, so I drifted into music, writing and politics. I think I was pretty lost.”
While still in college, he joined the global youth-run not-for-profit AIESEC. The bright and ambitious young men and women there were exactly the sort of peer group Blah had failed to find at DPS and Kirori Mal. “And then my competitive instincts took over,” he says. “That’s also when I first got exposed to business and marketing. I had never even thought of that as an option.” (Agencies)