Television and Bollywood actress, Shama Sikander, who is popularly known for her show, Yeh Meri Life Hai, has spoken about the ongoing #MeToo movement. In an exclusive interview with BollywoodLife, the actress shared an incident which took place with her during the initial phase of career. The actress said that she was just 14-year-old when a director tried to put a hand on her thigh. "During the initial days of my career, when I was 14, a director put his hand on my thigh. I, immediately said no and shook him off. He told me, 'You think, you are going to be a star yaha koi nahi chodega tumhe. If not a director, an actor or producer might exploit you. You cannot grow without that.'" she said. Post that incident, she was shattered and heartbroken. "I was a 14-year-old who came with big aspirations and dreams," she added.
Later on, when the actress was asked to react to allegations levelled against Alok Nath, she was quick to say, "It was quite shocking for me. I haven't worked with him and heard of such instances." However, she maintained that now since people have come out and shared what they going through, we need to listen to the same. Taking Alok Nath's instance, she also stated that people tend to look at the on-screen image of an actor/actress and do not think that the person has more to him/her.
The 37-year-old went on to second Shilpa Shinde, saying that it is a truth about the industry. However, people do not understand the meaning of 'consent' here. Concluding the chat with BollywoodLife, Shama applauded the ones who have put up a brave face by sharing their ordeals. The actress slammed people who questioned the survivors for coming up with their stories after many years, calling them dumb.
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