‘Peo­ple have made ad­vances to­wards me’

Ac­tor Kub­bra Sait joins the #MeToo move­ment and shares she dealt with sex­ual predators at work­place

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Mukher­jee ■ shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

The #MeToo move­ment is gain­ing mo­men­tum in In­dia. A flood of women are nam­ing and sham­ing men on so­cial me­dia ac­cus­ing them of be­hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately. Now, Sa­cred Games ac­tor Kub­bra Sait has come out in the open with her set of hor­rific ordeal, with­out tak­ing names though.

The ac­tor says that she was propo­si­tioned and that “the ad­vances made by sex­ual predators in the show­biz” made her feel “dev­as­tated and “very an­gry.”

“No, I don’t want to name peo­ple,” says the ac­tor when asked if she would want to iden­tify any­one here. “Yes, I have been propo­si­tioned, and even had peo­ple made ad­vances un­der the pre­text of, ‘I know you felt it, too, I know you wanted it too’,” adds Kub­bra, who un­der­stands what a woman goes through in such sit­u­a­tions.

Re­call­ing the hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ence, she shares, “It both­ered me, it made me an­gry, and I took my time to heal. I reckon [that] I heal com­par­a­tively sooner, but I chose never to go back into their of­fices again, or al­low them near my per­sonal spa­ces.”

Kub­bra adds that she then went ahead to fo­cus on her strengths and not pay heed to peo­ple who ex­ploit women in the name of work. “I chose to build my­self stronger... I chose the smaller joys over the big­ger vic­to­ries.”

“I can only empathise with

the pain that the girls and women have been through, but in the light we are in to­day, I can proudly say #TimesUp,” adds the ac­tor, who will be seen next in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy star­ring Alia Bhatt and Ran­veer Singh.


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