‘I ONLY KNOW VIKAS PRO­FES­SION­ALLY’

Ac­tor Nan­dish Singh shares his views on the ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against Vikas Bahl, the di­rec­tor of his de­but film

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - HTCITY ENTERTAINMENT - Rishabh Suri rishabh.suri@htlive.com ■

Ac­tor Nan­dish Singh, who is best known for his TV show Ut­taran, is soon go­ing to make his Bol­ly­wood de­but with one of the lead­ing roles in the Hrithik Roshan-star­rer Su­per 30.

The film, how­ever, has been in the news of late be­cause of the sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions made against its di­rec­tor Vikas Bahl, who has re­port­edly been dropped from the film now. Ask Nan­dish what he feels about this, and he says, “I think it has be­come a na­tional is­sue. At the end of the day, I have never spo­ken to Vikas about his per­sonal life. I only know him pro­fes­sion­ally, and have only good things to say about him. I have seen only those things so far [with him]. If I knew him bet­ter, I would be able to judge him as a per­son. I met him only on the sets, so I don’t know his side of the story.”

Hav­ing said that, Nan­dish says that he is def­i­nitely aware about ev­ery as­pect of the case. “Yes, I have read and seen all the news. Hrithik also took a stand, [and I feel] that is the cor­rect thing to do. He said that ‘Some­body who is there in this kind of a sit­u­a­tion, I wouldn’t want to work with him’. He did not specif­i­cally say that ‘I will not do it’ or pro­nounced any­body guilty. That’s what I would also say,” says Nan­dish.

The ac­tor adds, “At the same time, I don’t know much. I haven’t got­ten a chance to know him (Vikas) fur­ther than the pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship [we had]. I hope that’s not true, and that his side of the story is dif­fer­ent.”

With the di­rec­tor no longer

I’ve never spo­ken to Vikas about his per­sonal life. I only know him pro­fes­sion­ally, and have only good things to say about him. If I knew him bet­ter, I’d be able to judge him as a per­son... I don’t know his side of the story.

NAN­DISH SINGH AC­TOR

at the helm, there are doubts whether the film will be able to meet its re­lease date of Jan­uary 25. Nan­dish re­veals, “We have fin­ished the shoot. At least my parts are ab­so­lutely done. Maybe a patch­work here and there, or reshoot might be re­quired, but I’m not aware of it. Jan­uary 25 is the date men­tioned to us.”

(Left) Ac­tor Nan­dish Singh (In­set) Di­rec­tor Vikas Bahl

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