Nawaz with­draws me­moir, apol­o­gises to women men­tioned

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Ac­tor Nawazud­din Siddiqui on Mon­day is­sued an apol­ogy for “hurt­ing the sen­ti­ments” of women whose names he had men­tioned in his me­moir, ‘

al­legedly with­out their con­sent and has de­cided to with­draw the book.

The 43- year- old ac­tor took to Twit­ter in the wake of the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, co- writ­ten by Ri­tu­parna Chat­ter­jee, in which he de­tailed his re­la­tion­ships and flings with for­mer Miss In­dia Ni­harika Singh and ac­tor Su­nita Ra­jwar.

“I’m apol­o­gis­ing to ev­ery­one whose sen­ti­ments are hurt be­cause of the chaos around my me­moir ‘An Or­di­nary Life’. I hereby re­gret and de­cide to with­draw my book,” he tweeted.

A spokesper­son from the pub­lisher Pen­guin Ran­dom House has con­firmed that they were with­draw­ing the book.

The crit­i­cally- ac­claimed ac­tor drew a lot of flak for re­veal­ing per­sonal de­tails about his “pas­sion­ate” af­fair with his “Miss Lovely” co-star Ni­harika.

Ex­cerpts from the book started do­ing the rounds on Oc­to­ber 23, and Ni­harika is­sued a state­ment a day later slam­ming Nawaz for “ex­ploit­ing and dis­re­spect­ing” a woman to sell his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy.

While Ra­jwar took to Face­book to blast the ac­tor for spread­ing lies and claim­ing that she dumped him for his “poor sta­tus”.

“I did not dump you for your poor sta­tus, but for your poor think­ing,” Ra­jwar said, adding she was poorer than the ac­tor at that time and their re­la­tion­ship did go beyond a play on which they worked to­gether.

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