Bhatia, who has worked in Hindi, Telgu and Tamil films, was reacting to 'Kahaani' actress Vidya Balan's comment of not working with Khan again. Balan had starred in the director's 2007 film 'Heyy Babyy'.
According to a Deccan Chronicle report, Bhatia - who has featured in two of Khan's films, 'Himmatwala' and 'Humshakals', said, "He never treated me in any bad way and I was completely comfortable working with him."
She went on to add, "Everyone has a different experience and everybody is entitled to their own opinion and experience. If Vidya has had a bad experience, it's normal for her to react like that."
She also said that the #MeToo movement wasn't just about the film industry. “Film industry is not an alien place where one needs to be protected. It’s a very professional environment like every other industry, be it the corporate world or any other industry.”
2018: The Year When #MeToo Shook India
2018: The Year Of #MeToo In India
2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.
What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.
While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.
(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)
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