BOLLYWOOD: Following the onset of the #MeToo wave in India and Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan says he stands in solidarity with the women sharing their stories of sexual harassment as he understands the pain they have been through.
The Bollywood nawab said that he too faced harassment years ago, even though it was not sexual in nature.
“I have also been harassed in my career, not sexually, but I have been harassed 25 years ago and I am still angry about it,” Saif told.
“Most people don’t understand other people. It is very difficult to understand other people’s pain. I don’t want to talk about it because I am not important today. Even when I think about what happened with me I still get angry. Today, we have to look after women,” he continued.
Saif said the offenders must be punished even if they are found guilty in an old case.
“People are offended and they want justice. What it is happening is good and it gives you a sense that something is happening. People who have sexually harassed and abused women should pay for it.”
Saif’s Humshakals co-stars – Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta – recently opened up about director Sajid Khan’s “rude” behaviour towards women on the sets of the 2014 film. While Bipasha said she was disturbed with Sajid’s attitude towards women, Esha revealed she got into a lot of arguments with him. Sajid has been accused of sexual misconduct by three female actors and a journalist. He has since been replaced by Farhad Samji as the director of Housefull 4.