After Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Alok Nath, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal and Abhijeet Bhattacharya, another name has joined the list of sexual harassers. And that is of Sajid Khan. The filmmaker has been accused by Saloni Chopra, who interviewed for the post of his assistant director in 2011. In an interview, Saloni revealed how Sajid asked her to send him bikini photos and called her at odd hours. In an interview with Medium.com, she also explained how she was not as assistant director but the director's assistant. #MeToo in Bollywood: Producer Karim Morani's Rape Case- The Victim Gives Horrific Details of The Shocking Episode.
During her interview with Sajid, he asked her if she would be comfortable getting a breast job done. She narrated the incident saying, "This goes back to 2011, when I had barely just moved to India properly and wanted to assist a director to learn more about film making, and my first ever experience, was the most awful experience of my life. Unfortunately, I was naive and had no idea how to handle it at the time. He was famous for his interview questions. He asks questions like ‘do you masturbate?’ and ‘how many times a week?’… he also asked me if I’d ever been sexually abused, I said yes. Then he asked weird questions like if I would ever get a breast job, and talked about how sex is really a mental connection. Of course he went into a philosophical rant about our human bodies and it’s desires and how sorry he felt for people who had to go through abuse (not the only man who’s said this shit before they take advantage of you, it’s quite common) by the end of the interview I was in tears, and I wasn’t entirely sure why."
She got the job. But things got worse for her after that. "For months, he mentally abused me and I would cry myself to sleep every night. He’d tell me I wasn’t sexy enough to be an actress. I didn’t have it in me, I didn’t have the ‘oomph’ factor. I talked too much. I didn’t sit properly. I wasn’t alluring or girly enough. Said he wanted to take me under his wing and make me an actress. Cast me in his next movie, but only if I was prepared for it. A part of me wanted it so bad that I kept working for him, and excusing his behaviour whenever I could," Saloni revealed.
Adding further, Saloni said, "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. He’d gloat about how he made her who she is today, and he could train me too. Then he’d go onto describe their sex life in ways I didn’t need to know, and also remind me about his one vagina problem. He’d talk about his dick and how big it apparently is and his sexual needs. He would ask me to touch his dick and get irritated with me when I said I didn’t want to. 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. It made me sick, but I clearly hadn’t had enough to quit."
Read her full story here. She also revealed shocking details about how Zain Durrani and Vikas Bahl sexually harassed her over the years.
Check out Saloni Chopra's tweet where she gives chilling details of the incidents below-
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
The details are horrific and it's actually gonna leave you speechless. It is appalling to know how women are being treated not in just Bollywood but also in the outside world. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, a lot of victims/ survivors have come out in open to name sexual harassers. As far as Bollywood is concerned, let's hope the industry boycotts them and they face the wrath of the people.