The Me Too list in Bollywood is growing bigger with each passing day.
After Saloni landed the job, she was told by Sajid that she was a “director’s assistant” and not an “assistant director”, which meant that she would have to do his work directly. He started calling her at odd hours, but it was never about work. He also asked for her bikini photos because he apparently needed to know how she looked if I wanted to become an actor. In her post, Saloni wrote,
“Months of mental torture followed. Sajid would tell me how I was not sexy enough to be an actress. He offered to take her under his wing and prepare her for Bollywood. He even said that he would cast her in his next film, if she was ready for it. A part of me wanted it so bad that I kept working for him, and excusing his behaviour whenever I could.”
“He’d say horrible, horrible things about his supposed girlfriend at the time, who also happened to be one of the kindest, nicest women I’d ever met in the industry. I wondered why she was with a man like that,” Saloni wrote, adding that Sajid would “describe their sex life in ways I didn’t need to know” and talk about his p***s is supposedly really big and describe his sexual needs. He would ask me to touch his d**k and get irritated with me when I said I didn’t want to,” she narrated.”
“This one time, during a costume trial for a character in the movie he came in to see the girl in the outfit and asked her to lift her skirt and show her ass to him, she looked at me confused and I asked Sajid if it was necessary. She lifted her skirt and he started insulting her telling her she didn’t have any breasts or any ass, how did she think she’d become an actress? Then he asked me to leave the room and let them talk, and I did,” Saloni wrote.
“Sajid would keep inviting me to come and stay over at his house, which I would avoid somehow. One night, it got really ugly. I was so tired of the calls and the constant harassment, I asked him what he wanted from me. I told him that if this was just about sex then fine, I’d come over right now and f**k him but provided he backed off afterwards and stopped calling me every day,” she wrote.
“However, Sajid yelled at Saloni and told her that she was “naive and stupid” if she thought it was just about sex. This wasn’t about sex, it was about me being his little b***h and doing everything he told me to do,” she wrote. He then said ‘you think I want to fuck you? I have such a hot girlfriend, why would I fuck a girl like you thats not even sexy?'” she added.
When Saloni asked what exactly Sajid wanted from her, he said that he wanted her to follow his every command. “Stay with him. Maybe he’ll ask me to touch myself in front of him, maybe he’ll want to record it. He’ll do things to me and give me orgasm and teach me the art of sex but maybe he won’t actually put his dick inside me. Maybe he will. But it would be up to him what he wanted,” she revealed, adding that he told her that unless she was ready to be someone’s “keep“, no one would cast her. She also added,
“He tried to grab my hand and put it on his d**k to show me that I didn’t give him a boner. I shrugged it off and asked him to stop. He frantically started walking around the room telling me I was never going to have a future in this industry and no man would ever find me sexy and he should have a boner but he doesn’t, he doesn’t have a boner looking at me. And then, he pulled his pants down and showed me his dick as he kept yelling ‘see? You don’t even make me hard!'” she added.
When Saloni discussed the incidents with people, they brushed it under the carpet and said,
“That’s Sajid Khan for you, he’s pulled off this shit with so many girls”. She added, “It took me years to get over the trauma he put me through. I was so scared around the people I worked with. And I’m sure he’s done this to so many other girls, I just want them to know they’re not alone. It’s been 7 years, and it’s about time I said it out loud.”
I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s #metoo #MetooIndia https://t.co/brouTYIBC7
— Saloni Chopra (@redheadchopra) October 11, 2018
Looking at Saloni’s courage, another journalist came forward and shared her encounter with the filmmaker as well. In an open post, a journalist wrote that she met Sajid for an interview at his home, which he used to share with his sister Farah Khan, in the early 2000s. She wrote,
“Throughout the interview, he talked about how large his p***s is and how he knew to satisfy a woman. I ignored his trash talk and got back on track with my interview.”
She further wrote that Sajid walked out of the room to bring some CDs he wanted to show her. But as he returned, he took out his p***s.
“I got up to leave immediately only to find him blocking the way out. And, he forced his tongue down my throat. I pushed him away and ran out. I cried all the way in the train from Vile Parle to VT. I got back to my office and wrote his interview. That was my job,” she added.
Bollywood film director and sister Farah Khan has responded sexual harassment allegations made against her filmmaker, Sajid Khan. She wrote in a tweet that it is a difficult time for family and her brother has a lot to atone for if the allegations against him were true.
Farah wrote on Twitter,
“This is a heartbreaking time for my family. We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for. I don’t in any way endorse this behaviour and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt (sic).”
Cousin and filmmaker, Farhan Akhtar tweeted as well saying he could not adequately stress how shocked and disappointed he was to read about Sajid’s behaviour.
I cannot adequately stress how shocked, disappointed and heartbroken I am to read the stories about Sajid’s behaviour.
I don’t know how but he will have to find a way to atone for his alleged actions.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 12, 2018
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) October 12, 2018
Sajid has been accused of sexual harassment by three women–actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay. Since then, Akshay Kumar, who is working with him on Housefull 4, cancelled the shooting of the film. Sajid Khan has also stepped out of the movie till the time charges are cleared against him.