Actress Sanjana Sanghi had opened up about the allegations of sexual harassment that were levelled against her Dil Bechara co-star Sushant Singh Rajput, in 2018. She said that she was disturbed by them. She also revealed the reasons behind why it took her time to clarify that the claims were absolutely baseless.
In an interview with Pinkvilla, Sanjana Sanghi 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 rumour that comes out, so you just let it go.”
Stating that she has no respect for baseless articles, Sanjana said, “Nothing changes 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, ‘o 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,” she said.
In October 2018, Sushant had shared screenshots of his conversations with Sanjana and denied all claims of sexual misconduct. “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.
Sanjana clarified in a tweet, a few days later, “I’d like to clarify that no such incident took place with me. Let’s put an end to these conjectures,” she said.
Later, when she was questioned as why it took her time to set the things straight, Sanjana said, “They see it as time, but the truth is they don’t know our reality. If they are waiting for lies to be clarified, I don’t want to perpetuate that culture. I don’t want to be in a place where every rumour that is written about me, I have to come out with my trusted colleagues to clarify them time and again.”
“I shouldn’t have needed to clarify anything in the first place is the point. Because nothing happened. He was the greatest co-star I could have had and I have every ounce of love and respect for him, as he did for me. 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,” she added.
Sanjana Sanghi is making her debut as the lead actress opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Dil Bechara, which is an adaptation of John green’s young-adult novel, ‘The Fault In Our Stars’. This will be Sushant’s last release with will be premiered on Disney+Hotstar on July 24, 2020.