Indians were shocked to learn at the grand premier of the popular Indian TV reality show Bigg Boss 16 that the movie director Sajid Khan is one of the new contestants, and netizens are not happy with the creators of the show for inviting the alleged harasser on it.
Before entering the house on Saturday, Sajid Khan shared some insights about his life and said, “For the past four years, I’ve been at home and wasn’t getting that many work opportunities. So when I was invited by Colors, I felt that it was time I should enter the house and learn more about myself”.
The Housefull director mentioned that he has seen lots of ups and downs in life and was at a great low during the last four years.
“You’ve only experienced one drop, the rest are ups,” the host Salman Khan interjected.
“I experienced one great drop,” the notorious director responded.
He continued, “There is a saying: ‘failure destroys people, but in my case success destroyed me. I had become very arrogant, had back-to-back three hits so I thought I had become infallible, I just couldn’t go wrong with a film. I was issuing arrogant statements, God gave me one tight slap, and Himmatwala flopped. [I] got a little humble, got another slap and after Humshakals came, I hid my face”.
Unfazed by his words, netizens were outraged and even claimed that they would not watch the season.
Here are some reactions by Twitterati:
all i'm sayin is just that y'all can just not watch bigg boss if you truly don't support sajid khan or that other domestic abuser dude in the house
— deanehoe• ॐⓋ (@saarhairadha) October 2, 2022
wohi na kaunsi salman ki movies 100 crore nahi bana rahi and abhi sajid khan is on bigg boss and dekhna 2-3 saal baad sajid khan ek aur houseful bana lega literally kaunsa aadmi who was accused of SA has lost work
— dumb munde (@nakhreywaali) October 2, 2022
Sajid Khan.I hate him. How can someone support him after all the incidents ..And bigg boss why r u promoting men like Sajid🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮#BiggBoss #SajidKhan
— FiToor (@invisible_gal8) October 2, 2022
Speaking of women, I implore you to once again raise your voice and amplify our pain at so-called entertainment shows providing a HUGE national platform to #metoo accused offenders. Sajid Khan is on Bigg Boss while his victims get no justice, no peace. What a slap in the face.
— Kiran Das (@SoPowerPhool) October 3, 2022
Have seen all the seasons of bigg boss, but this time only seeing sajid khan in bb16 boils my blood. will wait for next season. cant watch season 16, as a guy I felt the disrespect of women during #metoo movement. just cant imagine what those ladies are going thru seeing him.
— shining star (@shining27202661) October 3, 2022
Only a criminal like Salman khan who has been accused in past for beating & abusing women can support someone like Sajid Khan.
— ANKIT (@VintageSRKian) October 2, 2022
I rather prefer boring seasons like BB9, BB12, BB14, BB15 than a season full of criminals. #MeToo accused are getting platform, while victims are shunned away #BB16
— , (@fallenwitch69) October 1, 2022
Last year #PratikSehajpal was abused by the host of #BiggBoss for opening the “kundi” while a girl was inside the toilet.
And here #BiggBoss16 calls one of the biggest accused of #Metoo to participate with full respect?!?
RANGU SUDHAR JAA. NOT ACCEPTABLE!#SajidKhan#BB16
— Rtweets • 𝒮𝒮 (@magicaldiarie) October 2, 2022
Think about the depth of depravity — Colors TV would have known during initial discussion the effect the announcement of Sajid Khan would have. They knew people will renew calls of #metoo for a man accused by 9 women. End result, Big Boss trending, more eyeballs for the show.
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) October 3, 2022
Sajid Khan, a #MeToo accused by over a dozen women.#JiahKhan had also experienced a hell. According to Jiah's sister, Sajid asked her to take off her top in a script reading session. #BiggBoss16 has given him a stage.
Jiah must be watching this Injustice from up there. pic.twitter.com/mNGaHhxCFq
— Sai Ram B 🇮🇳 (@SaiRamSays) October 3, 2022
What is your reaction on Shehnaaz Gill who sends a special video message to Sajid Khan saying that she is supporting him for #BB16? Is it bcz she will be seen in his next film?
Those who do not know, not one or two, But 9 Women accused Sajid of sexual misconduct under #MeToo pic.twitter.com/bx0Lv1gUhU
— #BiggBoss_Tak👁 (@BiggBoss_Tak) October 2, 2022
In the wake of the MeToo movement in India since October 2018, Sajid Khan has been accused of sexual harassment by several female colleagues. The Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association subsequently banned him from directing films but the ban was revoked a year later on 10 December 2019.
Although he denied the allegations, Sajid Khan stepped down as the director of Housefull 4 (2019) and was eventually replaced by Farhad Samji, the co-director of Housefull 3 (2016).