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Fatima Sana Shaikh on sexual harassment: ‘I’m dealing with it, don’t want to be judged for not sharing’

Fatima Sana Shaikh has said that women often feel that getting abused is normal. In an interview, she said she didn’t want to expose that side of her life. Fatima also admitted how upset she was after the failure of Thugs of Hindostan.

bollywood Updated: Mar 13, 2019 14:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Fatima Sana Shaikh seen at Soho house in Mumbai.(IANS)

Thugs of Hindostan actor Fatima Sana Shaikh has said that sexual assault has been normalised to such an extent that women accept abuse as normal. Asked if she had ever faced sexual harassment, Fatima told Mumbai Mirror in an interview, “I don’t want to expose that side of my life… I’m dealing with it, speaking to people I’m close to. Just like I won’t judge those who want to share their horror stories, I expect not to be judged for not sharing mine.”

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Applauding the MeToo movement for providing a platform for victims of sexual harassment, she further said, Now sexual predators are scared of being shamed in public and shunned by the industry. For so many years we had normalised assault to such an extent that women had come to accept abuse as something that was normal.”

Fatima also admitted that the box office failure of Thugs of Hindostan made her so disheartened that she didn’t come out of the room for days and wanted to run away some place else. “We were all disturbed, we had worked on the film for a-year-and-a-half,” she sighs. However, she does not regret doing the film: “Why would I not do a film like Thugs? I still don’t consider it a setback to my career.”

Aamir, too, had earlier, apologised for not being able to entertain with the film. “I would like to take full responsibility for that. You can be sure that we tried our level best. There are people who have liked the film a lot and we would like to thank them. We are happy that they liked the film but that’s a minority. Majority of the people did not like the film and we are aware of the fact. So there is no doubt that we did go wrong. I want to apologise to the viewers who came to watch my film in the theatres as I was not able to entertain them despite trying my best. But those who came with so many expectations did not enjoy the film and I am feeling very bad about it,” he had said.

Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film starred Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. It was loosely based on Philip Meadows Taylor’s 1839 novel Confessions of a Thug. Made at a mammoth budget, the film suffered heavily in its first week itself with its first Monday collections standing at a meagre Rs 5.25 crore. According to Boxofficeindia.com, the total collections of the film stood at Rs 139.50 crore after 11 days.

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First Published: Mar 13, 2019 10:40 IST