After Housefull director Sajid Khan was accused of harassing several actresses, his sister and filmmaker Farah Khan said that it has been very traumatic for the family.
At a book launch on Thursday, Farah spoke about women empowerment in Bollywood. She also opened about her brother being embroiled in #MeToo controversy. She said, “It is always more traumatic for the family. I will ask the women in the room to close their eyes and imagine someone who you love – your father, son or brother – being accused of this and tell me what will you go through.”
“I have fear psychosis for anybody, whether it’s a woman or whether it is for a man who is talking to a girl… getting scared if should I be talking to a girl,” she said at the event. “Also, the only thing I fear is the quick judgements and the quick punishments that are met out…trial by Twitter…which is happening in hours,” she added.
Farah said there should be thorough investigations before someone is accused of harassment. “Even in Hollywood, they take their time, they do their research, they do an investigation. They interview friends and families. Whether it is 20 years ago, whether it is 10 years ago, it doesn’t matter. So that is a bit scary and it is scary for everybody,” she said.
Farah said this at the launch of Changemakers, a book by journalists Mallika Kapur and Gayatri Rangachari that captures the stories of 20 women working behind the camera in Bollywood cutting through the ranks of the traditionally male dominated industry.
She had earlier issued a statement in response to the sexual harassment allegations against Sajid Khan. Farah said she does not, in any way, support such conduct and if Sajid has indulged in an appropriate behaviour, “he has a lot to atone for.”
This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for.I don’t in any way endorse this behavior and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) October 12, 2018
Three women, namely actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay, accused Sajid of sexual harassment and shared their heart-wrenching ordeals on their respective social media handles.
Following the allegations, Sajid stepped down as the director of upcoming comedy-drama Housefull 4.
It was said that the well-known choreographer and director avoided facing the media to give a reaction on her brother’s accusations. This was said to be the reason for her absence from the 20th anniversary of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai bash hosted by Karan Johar.