Actress Shama Sikandar recalls and shares her story of being sexually harassed by the hands of a director at the age of 14 years. She became an internet sensation by being a part of Vikram Bhatt’s adult love story web series Maaya.
She stated that this incident left her broken and shattered. Without naming her offender, Shama claimed that a director placed his hand on her thigh. The actress even shook his hand off of her only to hear that if not him, then an actor or any other producer would do the same. He told her that she had to compromise a few things in order to become a great star.
Shama Sikandar said, “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 said, ’You think, you are going to be a star yaha koi nahi chodega tumhe (here, nobody will leave you like that). If not a director, an actor or producer might exploit you. You cannot grow without that. I was a 14-year-old who came with big aspirations and dreams,” to her
Several names have surfaced within two weeks of the #MeToo wave hitting India. Women have been sharing their stories of sexual misconduct and misbehavior at their workplace on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Names like Alok Nath, Vikram Bahl, Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan have been brought up by multiple sources.
When asked about her views on ’Sanskari babuji’ Alok Nath, Shama said, “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 years old actress encourages women to share their stories in order to punish those who have wronged them.