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Tennis Champion, Mehesh Bhupathi have opened about a shocking incident regarding ‘MeToo Movement’ at the ‘We The Women’ event in Mumbai. He shared an incident when Lara Dutta, his wife, complained about Sajid Khan’s “rude, vulgar” behaviour towards a co-star in ‘Housefull’ set.
Sajid Khan has been subjected to the MeToo allegations very badly where multiple women have come out and shared their sexual allegation charges on the film director. Actors like Dia Mirza and Bipasha Basu have also come out to term the director’s behaviour to be “obnoxious and sexist”.
Bhupathi shared the incident when Lara and Mahesh were dating. The Tennis player shared an incident during the shooting of Housefull, "When we were dating she was shooting for Housefull and we were in London at that time. She would come home and her closest friend was her hair dresser and they both would be complaining about how one of her co-stars was being treated by the director. Rude, vulgar".
Housefull is a 2010 romantic comedy directed by Sajid Khan. The movie had an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan and Arjun Rampal. Malaika Arora had a song in the movie.
In conversation with journalist Barkha Dutt at 'We The Women', Bhupathi also shared that "I told her you guys are all complicit, all the four of you who were in the film (and) were listening to what he was saying and not telling him it's not ok. So at some level you guys are complicit and she agreed," he said.
Bhupathi further spoke about his understanding of the film industry but he does not feel that justified one brushing off something so serious. He says, "I come from the sports industry where we think differently. In sports, the cream always rises to the top. If you're good at what you do, you are going to win matches and get results. Obviously the film industry is different. If the fraternity decides to ostracise you, you don't get work. But I don't think it's good enough reason to let things like these slide".
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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