#MeToo: Dia Mirza Says Sajid Khan Is 'Extremely Sexist' Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

According to Mirza, Khan was "obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous", however, she's "deeply disturbed" as she didn't expect him to have sexually harassed women

After allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against Bollywood filmmaker Sajid Khan, actor Dia Mirza, who made a cameo appearance in his 2007 film Heyy Babyy, expressed her shock over the reports.

According to Mirza, Khan was “obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous”, however, she’s “deeply disturbed” as she didn’t expect him to have sexually harassed women. Speaking about the allegations in an interview with India Today, she said, “We often brush off certain kind of behaviour. But I wouldn’t have imagined that Sajid could be capable of doing this to a woman. I completely understand the shock people are feeling right now, but it would be unfair to say that the names that are coming out is shocking.”

ALSO READ: #MeTooRising: India Shines Bright On World Map But Nobody Should Be Proud Of It 

Mirza also said that she has always had a “radar” for such people. She said, “Fortunately, I have never been a victim of sexual harassment. But there have been instances where I have lost out on work or people have shown disinterest in working with me because I was unwilling to succumb to this unspoken understanding of patriarchy.”

Sajid Khan Interview

Recently, actor Bipasha Basu, who worked with the filmmaker on his 2014 film Humshakals, spoke about Khan’s inappropriate behaviour in a series of tweets:

ALSO READ: #MeToo: Now, Veteran Journalist Vinod Dua Accused Of Sexually Harassing Filmmaker 

Khan has been accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour by at least four women: assistant director Saloni Chopra, journalist Karishma Upadhyay, and actors Rachel White and Simran Soni. Khan is one of the biggest names to have emerged out of the current #MeToo movement that has hit Bollywood among others such as Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Nana Patekar, Kailash Kher, et al. Bollywood’s #MeToo moment came with the resurgence of Tanushree Dutta’s allegations of sexual harassment against Patekar during a shoot in 2008. Actor Raveena Tandon was one of the first celebrities to come to Dutta’s support, and the ensuing encouragement sparked a deluge of #MeToo accounts,

Since the allegations, Khan has been replaced by Farhad Samji as the director of Housefull 4. Incidentally, Akshay Kumar, who is one of the lead actors of the movie, has asked the producers to stall filming “until further investigation” amid allegations of sexual harassment against Patekar, who also stars in the movie.