Sushant Singh Rajput denies harassing co-star, shares chat screenshots


The #MeToo movement has taken Bollywood by storm and several A-listers have been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. Following rumours of Sushant Singh Rajput harassing his Kizie and Manny co-star, Sanjana Sanghi, the Bollywood actor has responded to them by sharing screenshots of his conversations with Sanghi to “clear his name.”

In a series of tweets, Sushant wrote that someone has a a “personal agenda” in maligning his name through the rumours.

“I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what was, in the midst of this curated and well-timed smear campaign. From the first till the last day of the shoot, this is what happened on the set with Sanjana,” he wrote in his tweets which included the screenshots of his conversation with Sanjana.

The screenshots show a friendly, yet formal conversation between Sushant and Sanjana in which they share excitement over the film’s shoot and compliment each others’ performances.

A report published in DNA on August 22 had alleged that Sushant had become ‘extra friendly’ with Sanjana on the film’s sets, leaving her uncomfortable.

“Sushant was trying to be ‘extra-friendly’ towards newbie Sanjana Sanghi,” the report stated, quoting a source.

“On one occasion, she seemed to have got uncomfortable and apparently brought it to the notice of her parents, who reportedly told her to return to the set only if she felt she should. One hears that as of now, shooting has come to a standstill.”

The film’s director Mukesh Chhabra, who himself has been accused of harassment by four women, also lended support to Sushant’s clarifications.

“I totally stand by Sushant – no such incident happened on the sets and let’s not have a Twitter trial and make an innocent person suffer for somebody else’s ulterior motives I had clarified this on Twitter long back and I still maintain it,” read his tweet.

Kizie Aur Manny is a remake of 2014 Hollywood’s, The Fault In Our Stars. Sanjana has not yet commented on the matter.