Former Miss India and actor Niharika Singh opened about her her #MeToo experiences in entertainment industry calling out Bollywood biggis Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sajid Khan and Bhushan Kumar.
Actor’s account was shared on Twitter by journalist Sandhya Mennon. She has talked about how award winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui coerced her into a relationship which later turned abusive.
Niharika says #MeToo with Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Niharika, she alleged that when she broke it off with Nawazuddin Siddiqui later and did not reciprocate to his multiple attempts to initiant a physical relationship one again, she wrote about her to ensure that she would not get work.
in 2013, Nawazuddin Siddiqui was offered a film by Buddhadeb Dasgupta titled, Anwar ka ajab kissa, and her called me to ask me if would do a small role in that film. I would only be required to shoot for 3 days. I gladly agreed and went to Shimultata where the shoot was scheduled.
He tried to re-engage me sexually, begging me t be with him but I refused, saying I was happy to be his friend and nothing else.
After coming back from the shoot, I did not take this calls and maintained my distance.
“I met Nawazuddin Siddiqui against in 2014 at the Miss Lovely India release. This time he came in SUV , with entourage as the star of the film. He was constantly throwing tantrums, upset with the way the promotions were being handled. he combined that the director should have just made painting at home if he did not care much about box-office.”
He was very awkward around me so I tried to overcompensate by praising him in media interaction and indulged him to make him feel secure. One evening, after a promotaional event in Ahmedabad, he tried to grab me again. I just walked away.
Anwar ka ajab Kissa did not get a theatrical release and I heard from various sources that Nawazuddin Siddiqui had started telling people that I wasterrible actress. I did not get too many film offers after that.
Niharika says about Bhushan Kumar:
She said that she was signed by Raj Kanwar for her Bollywood debut. But the project got shelved and T-Series Honco Bhushan Kumar decided to launch her.
Bhushan Kumar asked Kanwar to release me from his contract as favor so could be cast in his other film.. Bhushan Kumar called me his office to sign A new Love Ishtory where he gave me an envelope as a signing amount for the film. It contained two 500 Rupee noted.
I got text from him later that night- I would love to know you more. Let’s get together sometime. I wrote back saying absolutely Lets fo on a double date. You bring your wife. I will bring my boyfriend. He never wrote to me again.
The film got delayed and the actor claimed she never got paid for her work n the project.
In 2009, Niharika signed Miss Lovely opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The actor wrote she and Nawazuddin Siddiqui came close during the making of the film and she developed a soft corner for him as she found him real , after all the super facial filmy interaction I had had in the past years.
She revealed one morning she invited the Manto actor to her home for breakfast and he grabbed her.
I Tried to push him away but he would not let go. After a little coercion, I finally gave in. I was not sure what to make of this relationship. he told me it was him dream to have a miss India or an actress wife, just like Paresh Rawal and Manoj Bajpayee.