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Tamannaah Bhatia opens up about Sajid Khan, says ‘He never treated me in any bad way’

Director Sajid Khan was accused of sexual harassment during India’s #MeToo movement. Baahubali actor Tamannaah Bhatia, who has worked with Sajid earlier, has said he never misbehaves with her.

bollywood Updated: Mar 18, 2019 15:37 IST
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Tamannaah Bhatia  denied having any bad experience while working with Sajid Khan.
Tamannaah Bhatia denied having any bad experience while working with Sajid Khan.(IANS)

Actor Tamannaah Bhatia has worked in four Bollywood films so far, two of which were directed by Sajid Khan who was accused by at least three women of sexual harassment during India’s #MeToo movement. The Baahubali actor had featured alongside Ajay Devgn in Himmatwala and had worked with Saif Ali Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Bipasha Basu in comedy multi-starrer Humshakals. In a recent interview, the actor denied having any bad experience working with the director.

Talking to Deccan Chronicle, Tamannaah said, “For me, it has always been about the script and what’s the kind of film that I am working on. When I worked with Sajid, unfortunately, none of our films did well.”

Sajid was accused by at least three women of sexual harassment. Dia Mirza had called him obnoxious, sexist and ridiculous whereas Vidya Balan had said she would never like to work him and said, “I think he doesn’t get women.”

On being told about Vidya’s statement, she added, “He never treated me in any bad way and I was completely comfortable working with him. Everyone has a different experience and everybody is entitled to their own opinion and experience. If Vidya has had a bad experience, it’s normal for her to react like that.”

Calling the glamour industry “professional”, Tamannaah said that the film industry is not an alien place where one needs to be protected. “The #MeToo movement is not just about the film industry. We got to keep creating the awareness and fear and that’s all we can do,” she added.

The actor also claimed that an actor is never forced to kiss on screen and always have a choice. “Nobody forces you and in my case, I was very specific when I started my career. I had that clarity. It is my perspective and I stick to that and nobody can force you in the film industry or the worldwide. When people say I was forced to do it, I don’t understand that because you are a mature individual and you can make a choice.”

For the record, the actor has a no-kissing clause in her contract. While she is yet to return to Bollywood, she is actively working in Tamil and Telugu films and has Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy and Devi 2 lined up for release this year. Her last Hindi film was Tutak Tutak Tutiya with Prabhu Deva in 2016.

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First Published: Mar 18, 2019 15:36 IST

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