Saqib Saleem says he feels hurt and helpless after Payal Ghosh’s statement in which she said his sister Huma Qureshi got work from Anurag Kashyap in exchange for sexual favors. Saqib said it hurts him when someone speaks ill about his sister.
Actor Saqib Saleem has reacted to Payal Ghosh’s recent statement against his sister, actor Huma Qureshi. Saqib has said that he feels helpless in the face of all the accusations being made.
Payal had recently alleged that filmmaker Anurag Kashyap sexually harassed her seven years ago. She said the filmmaker told her that other actors such as Richa Chadha and Huma Qureshi had also got work from him in return for sexual favours. Richa and Huma reacted strongly to her statement. While Richa sent a legal notice to Payal, Huma wrote a post on Twitter about the ‘baseless conjecture’.
Speaking to Bollywood Hungama, He said that he feels bad when someone speaks ill about his sister. “Does it feel bad when someone says the wrong things about your sister? 100%. My sister is my life, my pride. If someone said anything about her, it will feel very bad,” he said. Saqib said that doesn’t feel powerful as an actor but is fearful that ‘anyone can say anything’ about someone. “But what can I do? As a brother I am saying, what can I do? Who should I fight? What should I say? Now I have told myself I just don’t want to be a part of this outside world. Twitter and all are irrelevant. If can keep my sister, my parents happy in real life, I am happy,” he added.
In her statement, Huma had said that she had so far avoided commenting on the issue as she didn’t want to get into social media fights and media trials. “I feel really angry at being dragged into this mess. I feel angry not just for myself but also for every woman whose years of hard work and struggle gets reduced to such baseless conjecture and allegations in their workplace. Please let’s refrain from this narrative,” the actor said in the statement. Calling Anurag Kashyap a “dear friend” and an “extremely talented” director, Huma said the duo last worked together in 2012-2013. “In my personal experience and to my knowledge he has neither misbehaved with me or anyone else. However, anyone who claims to be abused must report it to the authorities, the police, and the judiciary.”
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