After months of silence, Farah Khan has finally spoken up on the sexual harassment allegations against brother Sajid Khan.
Farah tells the media:
“I had always been sensitive towards the issue. My only issue was the level of hypocrisy shown by some people. That I think was disturbing.
I have no issue with whoever and whichever girl wants to come but those who claim to be the saviours of the society should meat out the same treatment to everyone accused during the movement.”
“You cannot pick and choose that one accused is soaring success on the professional front and I can benefit from it and the other I can throw under the bus. I think that is not a good way to do it.
There needs to be a due process, which is yet to come in place. You cannot just say trial by social media because it is a very dangerous phenomenon and can happen to anyone in the course of time.”
On being asked if the industry’s decision to not work with accused is fair, the Main Hoon Na director expressed:
“We have a legal system. That the matter to the court and sort it out through the legal process. We should work with everyone till the court does not rule out if the person is guilty or not.”
The #MeToo movement kicked off in India after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of a 10-year-old sexual harassment incident during the filing of the 2008 film, Horn Ok Please.
The movement rose to prominence and many stalwarts of the industry were indicted and exposed.
Sajid, director of comedy films like Housefull and Heyy Baby, was accused of sexually harassing five female colleagues.
Subsequently, the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association issued a show-cause notice to Khan.
“Your…actions have brought disrepute to Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association,” read the notice.
It further noted that they expected an explanation from Khan:
“For such offensive behaviour within seven days of the receipt of the notice for further action as per the rules and regulations… In case of no reply, the ex-parte decision would be taken.”
Further updates on Sajid’s case are awaited.