Fatima Sana Shaikh opens up on sexual abuse

In an interview, Fatima Sana Shaikh said that sexual assault has been so much in today’s life that now women have started to accept that it is normal.

When the ‘Dangal’ actress was asked if she had ever faced sexual harassment, she said to Mumbai Mirror in an interview, “I don’t want to expose that side of my life… I’m dealing with it, speaking to people I’m close to. Just like I won’t judge those who want to share their horror stories, I expect not to be judged for not sharing mine.”

She applauds the #Metoo movement and further said, “Now sexual predators are scared of being shamed in public and shunned by the industry. For so many years we had normalised assault to such an extent that women had come to accept abuse as something that was normal.”

Fatima also admitted that the box office failure of ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ disheartened her to such an extent that she didn’t come out of the room for days and wanted to run away some place else. “We were all disturbed, we had worked on the film for a-year-and-a-half,” she sighs. However, she does not regret doing the film: “Why would I not do a film like Thugs? I still don’t consider it a setback to my career.”