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#Me Too: Mahesh Bhupathi Reveals Sajid Was Rude And Vulgar To Lara’s Co-Stars On Sets

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| November 27 , 2018 , 11:47 IST

Tennis champion Mahesh Bhupathi at ‘We The Women’ event in Mumbai on Sunday, revealed that his actor wife Lara Dutta had complained to him that her co-star was being subjected to “rude, vulgar” behaviour on the sets of Housefull by director Sajid Khan.

Mahesh Bhupathi said in his latest panel discussion with Barkha Dutt during the same event, "We were in London at that time. She would come home and her closest friend was her hairdresser and they both would be complaining about how one of her co-stars was being treated by the director.

I told her, ‘You guys are all complicit. All the four of you, who were in the film, were listening to what he was saying and not telling him it’s not ok. So, at some level you guys are complicit and she agreed."

The 2010 film starred Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan, Boman Irani and Arjun Rampal.

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Bhupathi said he understands the film fraternity functions in a different way but it does not justify one brushing off something as serious as indecent behaviour.

“I come from the sports industry where we think differently. In sports, the cream always rises to the top. If you’re good at what you do, you are going to win matches and get results."

When the MeToo movement hit Bollywood, Lara Dutta and husband Mahesh Bhupathi were among the first ones to step forward and speak up against the powertrip being misused and how the 'cream of the industry' needs to support this movement and punish the accused who are guilty of sexual misconduct.