It was only a few days ago that Kubbra Sait took a stand and supported her Sacred Games co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui after he was named in the #MeToo account of his former girlfriend Niharika Singh, with whom he co-starred in Miss Lovely.
I stand by the fact that although Niharika Singh may have had a tough time in the industry, categorising her once personal relationship as a #MeToo statement is incorrectly placed. We as humans are flawed. That isn’t gender specific.
— Kubbra Sait (@kubrasait) November 10, 2018
The actress was reportedly trolled on social media for supporting Nawazuddin:
"That isn't gender specific". Right. It is 'colleague specific', in your case.
You were involved in neither Tanushree Dutta's case, nor Niharika Singh's case, but somehow 'know' the former is the victim, and the latter isn't.
— abcxyz (@abcxyz75347676) November 10, 2018
Stop embarrassing yourself, Kubra. Her #MeToo statement was regarding Nawaz and his lascivious attitude towards her despite being married and after him attaining fame. Earning money from your profession is imperative and fine but don't sell your soul for it.
— Ankit (@Downhellfromher) November 10, 2018
Even when the so called forced relationship got over this married man kept molesting her given any chance. Get your self checked . You think from your bank account .
— Prashant Pandey (@oloveit79) November 10, 2018
Shut up Kukoo
— Navjot Piddu (@DesiFamilyGuy) November 10, 2018
How's an intimate relationship gone sour not in the ambit of #MeToo ? The personal is very much political. Forcing yourself on others without consent does count as sexual harassment/assault even in a relationship. Gendered power dynamics in relationships is REAL. #MeTooIndia
— Rajkanya Mahapatra (@rajkanydm) November 10, 2018
In an interview to IANS Kubbra said, “I don’t care about those who want me to say what they want to hear. Why should I not stand by Nawaz just because he is a man? Do men always have to be in the wrong? It may be the politically correct thing to demolish the reputation of a man accused by a woman. But where is the proof?”
She added: “You can’t rant against someone and be taken seriously. If she (Niharika Singh) said Nawaz was a bad actor, there would be his body of work to disprove her. But how does one prove a man’s guilt or non-guilt when a woman accuses him of sexual misconduct?”
Yes! I am impulsive. Maybe twitter isn’t the place to “just speak” Thank You trolls, you’re impertinence teach me everyday. I try to learn a little everyday.
— Kubbra Sait (@kubrasait) November 10, 2018
Former Miss India beauty pageant winner and actor Niharika Singh has talked about how award winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui coerced her into a relationship which later turned abusive.
Niharika also alleges that when she broke it off with Nawazuddin later and did not reciprocate to his multiple attempts to initiate a physical relationship once again, the actor spread stories about her to ensure that she wouldn’t get work.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has not addressed the accusations levelled against him.
Kubbra elaborated: “You can’t pull a relationship out of its personal space for your own purpose. There is a man’s reputation involved. I read her comments 7-8 times. But they sound like she is venting her own frustrations and rage against someone who has overcome his own struggles to become successful.”
“It is being said that the #MeToo movement can succeed if some important influential names are called out. We can’t just pull up anyone’s name and fling it in the mud. Comments such as hers are derailing the #MeToo movement,” Kubbra opined.
Kubbra also added, “I don’t know him personally beyond the work. He is not a friend. I don’t know him socially at all. But I’ve seen how courteous and soft-spoken he is with his co-stars.”
“For those who think I am defending him to save Sacred Games and my own role in it, I’ve news. The second season has started shooting. And I am not in it. My role is over. This is not about self-interest. It is to safeguard the #MeToo movement from being derailed,” she added.
Kubbra Sait said that blaming others for one’s own wrong choices is incorrect. “I’ve made many mistakes in my life and career. I’ve been in relationships that I’ve regretted. And I’ve done a web series in the past which makes me cringe. But at that point of time I needed any work that came my way. If you make wrong decisions in life, it isn’t right to blame them on others, especially if they are far more successful than you. Such accusations and allegations look like vendetta,” said the actress who will next be seen in Gully Boy, alongside Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.
(With inputs from IANS)