As the #MeToo movement is gathering steam in the country, more women as well as men are coming forward with shocking experiences of sexual misconduct. There has also been a litany of allegations against prominent Bollywood celebrities, starting from Nana Patekar to Alok Nath to Subhash Ghai and also T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar to filmmaker Sajid Khan.
Bollywood A Lister, Saif Ali Khan has opened up extending his support to the victims of sexual harassment and assault. He, however, has gone a step further and revealed that he too has been harassed when he was still trying to find a foothold in Bollywood. Though he clarified that the harassment was not sexual in nature.
Saif Ali Khan has also put forward his opinion of not working with people who mistreat women as they must know how disgusting it is. The actor didn’t shy away from for talking about the kind of Harassment he faced during his early days.
“I have also been harassed in my career, not sexually, but I have been harassed 25 years ago and I am still angry about it”, Khan quoted to PTI.
He further added, “Most people don’t understand other people. It is very difficult to understand other people’s pain. I don’t want to talk about it because I am not important today. Even when I think about what happened with me I still get angry. Today, we have to look after women. People are offended and they want justice. What it is happening is good and it gives you a sense that something is happening”
Further talking about Sajid Khan and his attitude towards the women, the actor said he doesn’t remember anything or this sort happening on the sets of Humshakals, else he would not have tolerated it.
“I don’t remember anything like this happening genuinely because if it would have happened I would not have been comfortable in that environment or allowed it to happen in front of me. I would hate an atmosphere where women are being looked down upon or mistreated in any way. I don’t think that’s how an atmosphere should be”.
“We all need to have the same attitude. I don’t want to work with them. We have to understand that how these people are behaving, it is not ok, it is disgusting”, said Saif.
Saif Ali Khan’s outburst confirms that #MeToo is not only about Sexual Harassment but also about the mental agony any gender faces due to the misuse of power and authority by the dominant person in question.