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#MeToo: Sajid Khan asked me to remove clothes, says actress Mandana Karimi

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After Saloni Chopra and Rachel White, another actress- Mandana Karimi- has alleged that director Sajid Khan had asked her to remove clothes when she went to the latter's office, media reports said.

Joining the #MeToo movement, which began after actress Tanushree Dutta accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual misbehaviour, Mandana revealed her experience to a leading daily.

Mandana has been quoted by India Today as saying, "I was in talks for Sajid Khan's HUMSHAKALS at the casting stage. My manager and I visited his office. After meeting producer Vashu Bhagnani, I was in a room with Sajid, when he said, 'Lovely pictures but you need to remove your clothes. If I like what I see, you might get the part."

Sajid has been accused by actress Saloni Chopra on Twitter.

Revealing her experience, Saloni tweeted, "I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s #metoo #MetooIndia" Saloni said Sajid had said she was not "sexy" and also pulled down his pants in front of the actress once. Recounting her tale of horror, Rachel said Sajid had asked her to seduce him for five minutes if she wanted to grab a role in her movie. Rachel extended her support to Saloni Chopra and in a series of tweets revealed her story. The actress said: " I believe you @redheadchopra I was sent by my agency then to meet Sajid Khan during HUMSHAKALS. Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajidcalled me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu. " She said: "I said I was not comfortable meeting at home and to that he said 'don’t worry I live with my mom and she’ll be around' I felt reassured and agreed. When I went to his house the maid directed me to his room and the drawing room was empty!! It was his bedroom." The actress continued: "I stood like an idiot in one corner of the bedroom wondering where to sit and he was on one side on the treadmill. I clearly rem this episode. When he saw me walk in he goes “pls come this side” all smiling . I walk up towards the treadmill . He was directly staring down at me." She said: "I was in a white vest and blue denims and still felt I was standing nude with that gaze. What happens next is that he finishes his cardio and walks up to me asking me about my b***s and making that kind of conversation. I didn’t bother to answer to anything." The actress claimed that the director even asked her to strip because there were bikini scenes in the film. She said : " After that he asks me to strip for him bcoz there were scenes in a bikini and he needed to see how I looked. I replied saying 'there are pics of me in bikinis sent to u,I think that should good for u' n wen he insisted I said “I’m ready to parade ur office in a binkini nt at home." "Finally he goes 'listen no one has a problem with these things' (and obviously named people) and that if I could seduce him in 5 mins the role was mine. How this ended was me saying that I didn’t come mentally prepared for this and I left his house!" she said.
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Actor Akshay Kumar has cancelled the shooting of HOUSEFULL 4 after the film's director Sajid Khan was accused of sexual harassment on Thursday. Akshay took to Twitter to say, "I've just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news has been very disturbing. I've requested the producers of HOUSEFULL 4 to cancel the shoot until further investigation. "This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve." After Akshay's cancellation of the shooting, Sajid stepped down from the directorial post of HOUSEFULL 4.
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