In the wake of #MeeToo movement, director Sajid Khan has been accused of sexual harassment by three different women. The names include actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and a journalist Karishma Upadhyay.
After these allegations, Sajid Khan has stepped down from his directorship on the upcoming film Housefull 4.
After few actors now, actress Dia Mirza reacted on the same. In an interview with India Today, Dia said that she knew that Sajid was always obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous.
She said, “I was deeply disturbed. I agree that Sajid was obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous. Even for me, the details of these accounts are beyond shocking. I have personally always have had a radar for such people. I have never invested in a relationship with such people even in the workplace.”
“We often brush off certain kind of behaviour. But I wouldn’t have imagined that Sajid could be capable of doing this to a woman. I completely understand the shock people are feeling right now, but it would be unfair to say that the names that are coming out is shocking.” she added.
She revealed that she has never had to face such a situation and added that she has lost work in the past because she was not willing to comply with a lot of things. “Fortunately, I have never been a victim of sexual harassment. But there have been instances where I have lost out on work or people have shown disinterest in working with me because I was unwilling to succumb to this unspoken understanding of patriarchy.”
Apart from Sajid Khan, several Bollywood personalities such as directors Subhash Ghai, Vikas Bahl and Rajat Kapoor, actors such as Alok Nath and singers such as Kailash Kher and Abhijeet have been named in India’s #MeToo movement.