Fatima Sana Shaikh on Sexual Harassment

While many in the industry have come out and talked about incidents of sexual harassment, Dangal and Thugs of Hindostan girl Fatima Sana Shaikh is among some who don’t want to get into the details of the sexual assault that occurred to them. Fatima said in an interview that sexual assault has been normalised to such an extent that women accept abuse as normal.

Fatima commends the #MeToo movement for giving a voice to the victims and said, “I don’t want to expose that side of my life. I’m dealing with it, speaking to people I’m close to. Just like I won’t judge those who want to share their horror stories, I expect not to be judged for not sharing mine.” She also said that, “Now sexual predators are scared of being shamed in public and shunned by the industry. For so many years we had normalized assault to such an extent that women had come to accept abuse as something that was normal.”

Fatima was last seen in Thugs of Hindostan which didn’t do well at the box office. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film starred Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. Fatima admits she was so disheartened after the failure of the film that she didn’t come out of the room for days and wanted to run away and hide. However she does not regret doing the film: “Why would I not do a film like Thugs? I still don’t consider it a setback to my career.”

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