Lipstick Under My Burkha star Aahana Kumra says Houseful director Sajid Khan misbehaved with her at his house while she was there for work.
Aahana has been nominated at many award functions for her incredible supporting performance in Lipstick Under My Burkha.
In an interview with a leading daily, Aahana Kumra came forward with her #MeToo story against filmmaker Sajid Khan. "I had a meeting with Sajid Khan about a year ago, knowing the fact that he is a shady guy. I met him and he did the same thing that Saloni (Chopra) has written about him. Same drill — you go to his house, you are escorted to his room which is pretty dark. He makes you watch what he’s watching," she confessed.
She said, although he didn’t touch her but asked her bizarre questions like, “Would you have sex with a dog if I gave you 100 crores?” She adds, “He didn’t touch me. I guess he was trying to give me gyaan on how I need to be a dumb**** or laugh at his sexist jokes if I wanted to be a mainstream heroine in his films.” This is not the first time that this filmmaker has been accused of misbehaving with actresses on or off sets; #MeToo movement has also forced Sajid to step down as the director of Houseful 4, for good.
Aahana also talked about how issues like ageism, sexism and sexual harassments in the Bollywood industry has made her want to kill herself. “I am a different person today. About five years ago, I was disillusioned by this culture of Bollywood, and there was no one to pull me out of it. I was on the verge of committing suicide, because this culture is so normalised by certain people. I couldn't live with who I was anymore. I started questioning myself about who I had become. It has taken me a lot to come out of it,"
"A guy touching me inappropriately was something I could never handle. When I came in to the industry, my principles were shaken,” she further added.
“I never aspired to be TV actor, but I choose to do a TV show called Agent Raghav just to retain my sanity. In this industry, people can smell desperation. I told myself I won't do it anymore. I hosted Kabaddi on TV. I did everything that I never imagined myself doing,” Aahana said.