The #MeToo movement in Bollywood industry has seen a good number of skeletons popping out of the closet. Filmmaker Sajid Khan was such an individual, who had allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him. The film industry has taken notice of it, and now, the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) has suspended him for one year over sexual harassment complaints.
In November, the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), along with its mother body, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) have said that they will take a decision regarding the sexual harassment charges made against Sajid. Now, the verdict is out, i.e. ‘One-year suspension’.
Sajid Khan was accused of allegations by a number of women- Rachel White, Karishma Upadhyay, Simran Suri and Saloni Chopra. The Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) investigated the allegations in compliance with the principles of natural justice, equity and fair play.
The allegations had serious cases of sexual harassments, unwelcome sexually-determined behaviour and unnecessary contact and demands for sexual favours.
Saloni Chopra had alleged that during her initial days in the film industry, she had worked as an assistant director to Sajid and that’s when the filmmaker abused her. She shared her experience in a long post. Saloni has claimed that Sajid used to tell her how unattractive she was and how she didn’t have in her things needed to be an actress. She also alleged that the filmmaker used to tell her how his sex life with his then-girlfriend was so good. She also revealed the incident when Sajid asked her to lift up the skirt of an actress he was working with and when the actress herself complied to his demand, he told her how she didn’t have a** of an actress.
After Saloni accused the filmmaker, Akshay Kumar cancelled the shoot of Housefull 4 and Sajid too stepped down as the director.