Mahima Chaudhry: ‘Subhash Ghai bullied me and told producers not to cast me, only Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt stood by me’

Mahima Chaudhry has said that she was bullied by Subhah Ghai, the director of her debut film Pardes. She said only four people from the industry -- Salman Khan, David Dhawan, Rajkumar Santoshi and Sanjay Dutt -- stood by her.
Mahima Chaudhry made her debut with Subhash Ghai directorial, Pardes.
Mahima Chaudhry made her debut with Subhash Ghai directorial, Pardes.
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 06:59 PM IST
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Actor Mahima Chaudhry has said filmmaker Subhash Ghai “bullied” her and sent messages to several producers to not to work with her. The actor had made her Bollywood debut with 1997 film Pardes opposite Shah Rukh Khan, directed by Ghai.

Mahima told Bollywood Hungama in an interview, “I was bullied by Mr. Subhash Ghai. He even took me to the court and wanted me to cancel my first show. It was quite stressful. He sent a message to all the producers that nobody should work with me! If you pick up one of the issues of Trade Guide magazine in 1998 or 1999, there was an ad that he had given which stated that if anybody wanted to work with me, that person would have to contact him. Otherwise, it would be a breach of contract. However, there was no such contract which said that I had to seek his permission.”

Sharing about the four Bollywood celebrities who came out in her support, she said, “Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt, David Dhawan and Rajkumar Santoshi were the only four people who stood by me. They all told me to stay strong. David Dhawan called and told me that, ‘Don’t worry and don’t let him bully you.’ Apart from these four people, I didn’t receive a call from anyone else.”

The actor also revealed that she was to star in 1998 film Satya but was replaced by Urmila Matondkar without even being informed by director Ram Gopal Varma. “That was supposed to be my second film. I had taken the signing amount. He didn’t even have the decency to call me or my manager and inform me about the reality. I learnt from the press that he had begun shooting without me,” she said. The film changed the course of lead actor Manoj Bajpayee’s career.

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Mahima had last appeared in Agnidev Chatterjee’s Bengali crime thriller Dark Chocolate. The film was based on Sheena Bora murder case.

Earlier, model-actor Kate Sharma had filed a molestation complaint against Ghai in October, 2018. She alleged that the filmmaker tried to “forcibly kiss and hug her after calling her to his house.” He was later given a clean chit by the Mumbai Police.

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