When Sushant Singh Rajput faced #MeToo allegations because of his 'over-friendliness'
First Published 15, Jun 2020, 12:21 PM
The actor had responded to allegations that he had made his Kizie Aur Manny co-star uncomfortable, with his "over-friendliness"
Two years ago, reports of actor Sushant Singh Rajput making his co-star Sanjana Sanghi uncomfortable grabbed headlines. The news gathered speed as it coincided with the #MeToo movement.
According to a DNAAfterHrs report: “Sushant was trying to be ‘extra-friendly’ towards newbie Sanjana Sanghi. On one occasion, she seemed to have got uncomfortable and apparently brought it to the notice of her parents, who reportedly told her to return to the set only if she felt she should. One hears that as of now, shooting has come to a standstill.”
Though Sanghi had not confirmed the allegations, this did not stop Twitterati from going into overdrive and accusing the actor of harassing her.
This witch-hunt forced the 34-year-old actor to tweet screenshots writing, “I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what was, in the midst of this curated and well timed smear campaign. From the first till the last day of the shoot, this is what happened on the Set with Sanjana."
I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what was, in the midst of this curated and well timed smear campaign. From the first till the last day of the shoot, this is what happened on the Set with Sanjana. (1/2)— Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) October 19, 2018
Director of the movie, Mukesh Chabra, also tweeted supporting the actor. Coincidentally, he himself was suspended from the movie after being called out by two anonymous aspiring actresses in their #MeToo stories.
I totally stand by @itsSSR - no such incident happened on the sets and let's not have a Twitter trial and make an innocent person suffer for somebody else's ulterior motives I had clarified this on twitter long back and I still maintain it .— Mukesh Chhabra CSA (@CastingChhabra) October 18, 2018
Yesterday, Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide sent shockwaves through the country. The film fraternity, fans and even political leaders expressed shock over the 34-year-old actor's untimely death. The exact reason for his death is unknown.
Sushant was found hanging in his Bandra residence on Sunday morning by his domestic help. He was reportedly battling depression over the past few months and was undergoing treatment for the same.