Earlier, we told you that actress Shilpa Shinde filed an FIR against Sanjay Kohli, the producer of her last show Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai, accusing him of sexual harassment on Thursday, spoke to the media about the issue in detail.
“In our industry everything is taken lightly. Guys say so many things and if you react to them, they go like – ‘We are kidding’. Things like – ‘You are looking, hot sexy’ – are common. Sanjay ji used to come on the set and while Binaifer (his wife) would take care of all the paper work, he would be the one who would talk like this to us,” the Hindustan Times quoted the actress as saying.
She further elaborated on the subject saying, “Once Sanjay ji told me that for the promotion of show, we will have to go out, and that we will have a nice time. Also, in the make-up room, he came close to me and photo lete huye and apna haath rakha mujhpe. I could feel that the touch was not right.”
The actress said that she had spoken on the topic with Saumya Tandon, her former co-star from the show, but had received a lukewarm response from her.
“I spoke to Saumya about this, but she was like – ‘Humari industry mein koi rape nai karta Shilpa’. But I told her that I was feeling very uncomfortable. Later I got to know that Saumya had told Binaifer about the whole thing because two days later Binaifer asked me if I wanted to leave the show. She told me – ‘Yeh kya keh rahi ho tum, koi pyaar se baat karta hai, toh tumhe yeh sab lagta hai. Humein do minute lagenge tumhara career spoil karne mein,'” reported the Hindustan Times.
However, Saumya Tandon, who plays Anita on the show, recently told the DNA that she was not aware about Shilpa’s issue at all.
“I strongly stand against any kind of sexual harassment of women at work or any place. Having said that, there was absolutely no communication between Shilpa and me about this. Personally, my interactions with my producer has been very professional and I didn’t face any problem. I can’t comment on Shilpa’s case as I am not aware about it.”
Shilpa also revealed about why she had not opened up on the subject earlier. The actress said that she had hoped that she would receive an apology from the other end, which she didn’t.
“They spoilt my career. Even when I was attending events such as a ribbon cutting ceremony, they would ask the organisers to not invite me…I am going to court. I am not going to leave them,” the actress said.