Actor Sanjana Sanghi finally broke her silence on the #MeToo allegations leveled against her Dil Bechara co-star Sushant Singh Rajput in 2018. Apart from calling it baseless and disturbing, the actress also revealed why it took time for her to clarify the allegations.
In an interview with Pinkvilla, Sanjana was asked upfront about the claims of misbehavior on the set of her current film. Sanjana said: “Everyone thinks only Sushant was the one troubled there but I was as troubled. We knew our truth – I know what he meant to me, he knew what he meant to me and that’s what is important. We were on set shooting every day. When one or two articles come, you can’t pay heed to every rumor that comes out, so you just let it go.”
She further stated that she has no respect for ‘baseless articles’ and that the rumors did not affect their friendship in any way. “Nothing changed between us because there was nothing. All that happened was, ‘How should we make them believe the truth?’ Imagine what a sad state of affairs it is for two people who actually adore each other to have to sit back and be like, ‘How do we prove it?’ He was like, ‘Should I put out these chats?’ I said, ‘Go for it, maybe that will help.’ So he put up the chats but still people were refusing to believe it. Then I, the girl who has supposedly accused the boy, put out a clarification. Even that didn’t work,” Sanjana added
Revealing how she was too young and inexperienced to cope with it, Sanjana also shared why it took time for her to clarify these allegations. She said, “They hurt me because they’ve troubled me in the past and it reminds me of a time that was uncomfortable. They see it as time but they don’t know our reality. If you are waiting for lies to be clarified, I don’t want to perpetuate that culture. I don’t want to feel that there’s a need to talk about every rumor that is out. So I didn’t take time with the truth. I need not have clarified anything in the first place because nothing happened. He was the greatest co-star one could have and I have every ounce of love and respect for Sushant as he did for me.”
In October 2018, Sushant Singh Rajput had taken to his social media account to share screenshots of his chats with co-actor Sanjana Sanghi. The actor rebuffed all the claims of #MeToo allegations against himself. “I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what actually happened, in the midst of this curated, well-timed, and agenda-driven smear campaign. From the first day of the shoot till the last day, this is what happened on the sets with Sanjana. Misconduct? Not at all. Agenda? You decide,” he had written in an Instagram post.
Soon after his post went viral, actor Sanjana Sanghi also took to her social media accounts to deny any sexual misconduct.“I’d like to clarify that no such incident took place with me. Let’s put an end to these conjectures,” she said.
Take a look at her post here:
— Sanjana Sanghi (@sanjanasanghi96) October 23, 2018
Reiterating that their friendship and bond remained intact throughout the film schedule, Sanjana said: If something had actually happened, we wouldn’t have gone ahead and finished our Paris schedule, finished our film… It would have not been like this. I just would really urge people to really believe the truth. It’s sad that the truth is not fed to them, though, and it is not their fault.”
Sanjana Sanghi is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Mukesh Chabbra’s Dil Bechara. The movie stars late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in his final film. Dil Bechara is slated to release on 24th July on Disney+Hotstar.