Kubbra Sait, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Sacred Games co-star has supported the actor after former Miss India Niharika Singh called him out in her #MeToo account.
Niharika’s story was shared on Twitter by Sandhya Menon, one of the journalists spearheading India campaign against sexual harassment.
Niharika worked in 2009 film Miss Lovely opposite Nawazuddin.
In the post, the actress said that she and Nawazuddin came close during the making of the film.
Singh further said that she developed a soft corner for him finding him “real, after all the superficial ‘filmy’ interactions I’d had in the past years”.
She then revealed that one morning she invited the Manto actor to her home for breakfast and he grabbed her.
“I tried to push him away but he wouldn’t let go. After a little coercion, I finally gave in. I wasn’t sure what to make of this relationship,” she added.
The two started dating but according to Niharika Singh, she decided to split with Nawazuddin because of his frequent lies.
The former model also called Nawazuddin Siddiqui a “sexually repressed Indian man” in the post.
While taking a stand for Nawazuddin, Kubbra said that one must not confuse a relationship gone sour with a #MeToo story.
“A relationship gone sour isn’t #MeToo. Someone needs to recognise the toxic difference before we go picking sides. I stand by #NawazuddinSiddiqui or #Nowaz as a man,” Kubbra wrote on Twitter Saturday.
“I stand by the fact that although Niharika Singh may have had a tough time in the industry, categorising her once personal relationship as a #MeToo statement is incorrectly placed. We as humans are flawed. That isn’t gender specific,” she further went on to say.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is yet to comment on Niharika Singh’s allegations.
Last year, Niharika, along with actress Sunita Rajwar, had called out Nawazuddin for “exploiting and disrespecting women” to sell his autobiography, which was later withdrawn by the publishers Penguin Random House.