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Payal Rohatgi on #MeToo: Dibakar Banerjee asked me to lift my skirt and show my stomach

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Many of you are unaware of the incident in the year 2011 when actress Payal Rohatgi accused director Dibakar Banerjee of sexually harassing her promising to give her a role for his movie ‘Shanghai‘ . Dibakar apparently asked her to lift up her shirt and show him her stomach.

She had even approached the press, but no action was taken at that time. But now in the wake of #MeToo movement, the actress has asked Yash Raj Films to take action against him. Dibakar is helming Yash Raj’s upcoming movie ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’.

In an interview with Mid-Day, she said that she has lost films after she accused Dibakar of sexual harassment. She said, “Dibakar did six films after that. He doesn’t look like a villain, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he used his sob story of a bad marriage to make a move. I didn’t file an FIR against him because I was intimidated. In the wake of #MeToo, I hope things will be different. I don’t know if YRF will take a stand. YRF knows about Dibakar.”

She further said, “I was working opposite actors like Irrfan and Paresh Rawal. But after I held the press conference, no one called me for an audition again. I stopped getting films. So I had to move to television. I kept myself alive with stage shows. It was a case of one brother backing another. According to Anurag [Kashyap], I was having an affair with Dibakar. But if I were hypothetically having an affair, that still doesn’t make Dibakar right; he was married at that time.”

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