Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Stree made us laugh and shout out loud at the same time. While Rajkummar made our bellies hurt with his sense of humor, credits for instilling fear in us goes to Flora Saini who played the silent villain or ghost in the movie. However, the actress has suffered a lot herself in the past. Known by her screen name Asha Saini, the actress has come out with her #MeToo story accusing producer Gaurang Doshi of sexual harassment.
Floral Saini shared a post on her facebook in which she opened about the terrors she went through in 2007 when she was dating popular producer Gaurang Doshi. She shared her pictures after the abuse and posted a statement detailing her ordeal. She wrote, " That's me.. Valentine's day 2007 beaten up by a known producer ‘Gaurang Doshi' who I loved n was dating then .. this was the last of the one year abuse I took..came out with a fractured jaw n a scarred soul for life..”
She further stated, “I realised me talking about it ,that time, jus went against me ,cos he was the powerful one n nobody wanted to believe some girl who was relatively new in the industry, it was his word against mine ,and of course, his word mattered. He threatened me that he will make sure I never work in the industry again n much more.. n he did his best to make me believe it too.. I was replaced in films, people didn't quiet wanna even meet me or let me audition”
While Flora Saini herself was able to come out to the abusive relationship, she revealed that her fate was shared by many girls after her. She wrote, “I thot I made a mistake, I shud have jus kept quiet ..I wanted to runaway, hide n be somewhere where people didn't look at me with judging eyes n cud only jus give me work.. n not judge me by the abuse I suffered at the hands of gaurang doshi with no fault of mine. N mind u there were girls after me who were made to suffer the same way by the same man , they called me for help but weren't brave enuf to even come out n speak for themselves
This note is for all the people who have chosen to speak
who are standing up against anybody who has done them wrong, no matter how powerful or renowned ..it's takes guts.. a lot of guts.. the abuser forgets, but the abused carries the baggage forever.. u guys make me so proud to b a woman in this industry today where our voice is being heard where people are not judging us for speaking out against an abuser.. they r actually coming together to make the work space safe for us even more.. to all the people who are standing up to talk n all those who standing up to support..”
The actress understands how brave this step of coming forward with their story is and how important it is to fight for yourself. She concludes “My life after this incident hasn't been the same n has changed me in ways that I can't ever repair .. But one thing I've known, believed n lived as a proof is that God alone controls ur destiny n no man can ever challenge him. Live ur truth, wear it like armour n don't let anybody make u feel small.. u are not alone this time
Nothing we ever went thru was in vain.. more power to u all.. may u continue to stand tall ..may we heal ,may we be happy n may we shine with love n strength.. knowing we conquered it all. "
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