The ‘Maan Jao Na’ actress Elnaaz Norouzi shocked us all by sharing her experience with Namaste England director Vipul Shah.
In a write-up for an Indian publication Mid-Day, she said that she was sexually harassed by the director on multiple occasions.
She started off her article by mentioning that she was offered a role in a recently released movie Namaste England. She wrote:
I came to Mumbai and faced a lot of sh*t. I met him (Vipul Shah) during [the pre-production of the film] Namaste England
My manager informed me that Parineeti Chopra was playing the main lead. And I could be cast as the second lead.
The Sacred Games actress described how the situation changed between them. She said:
He met me, and I was surprised that in the first (quick) meeting itself, he spoke as if we were going ahead with it (the offer). We just need to do a look-test, and sign papers. he said, making it (contract) sound like a formality. I hadn’t even auditioned for the film. It was weird because things like these take time.
She described how the director’s behavior made her uncomfortable.
Vipul got back saying this isn’t what he wanted. I met him again in his office, and again he mentioned, ‘We will sign the papers over the next couple of days.’ This time, when we were saying bye, he came on to me. It was too close for comfort. I didn’t get the right vibe. He gave a peck on my face.
She said that she ignored the first incident because she really wanted to do this movie but the situation got out of control.
The next time we met at his office, he tried to kiss me. I backed off, said, ‘What are you doing? We are in your office!’ I pushed him away, being affirmative; but careful enough not to come across as rude, because I really wanted the film. Vipul didn’t apologise. We did another set of auditions. This time, he said, ‘Come to my room. I will make you hear the script.’ At this point, he touched my butt and dragged me towards himself.
However, we have not yet heard his side of the story as of yet.
Iranian supermodel Elnaaz Norouzi made her debut in the Pakistani film industry opposite Adeel Chaudhry in ‘Maan Jao Na’ earlier this year.
The actress then became the center of attention after appearing in the Saif Ali Khan-Nawazuddin Siddiqui web-series Sacred Games.
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