Kubbra Sait: “Why Should I Not Stand By Nawaz Just Because I Am A Woman?”

The  feisty  talented Kubbra Sait who made a  big impact with her role as the  doomed transgender Cuckoo in the Netflixseries  Sacred Games has  come out in open support of Nawazuddin Siddiqui after  actress Niharika Singh  accused  him of sexually inappropriate behaviour.

Kubbra says she is being hounded and trolled  for  her stance.  “But I don’t care about those who want me to say what they want  to hear.  Why should  I not stand by  Nawaz  just because he  is a man? Do men always  have to be in the wrong? It may be the  politically correct  thing to demolish the reputation  of a man accused  by a woman. But where is the proof? You can’t rant against someone and be taken seriously. If  she(Niharika Singh) said  Nawaz was  a bad actor, there would be  his body of  work to disprove  her. But how does one prove  a man’s guilt or non-guilt  when  a woman accuses  him of  sexual  misconduct?”

Kubbra sees Niharika Singh’s outburst as a personal relationship gone wrong.  “You can’t pull  a relationship  out of its  personal space for  your own purpose. There is a man’s  reputation  involved. I read her  comments 7-8 times. But  they  sound  like she is venting her own frustrations and rage against someone who has  overcome his own struggles to become  successful. It’s  being said  that the MeToo movement can  succeed if some important influential  names are called out.  We can’t just pull up anyone’s name and  fling  it in the mud. Comments such as hers are derailing the MeToo movement.”

 Kubbra says she stands by  Nawaz. “I don’t  know him  personally beyond the work  we did together in Sacred Games. He  is not  a friend.I don’t  know him socially at all. But I’ve seen  how courteous  and  softspoken  he is  with his co-stars. He has worked hard to get where he is. Please do not use  a successful  man’s reputation to vent your frustrations.”

For those cynics  who are saying  Kubbra is safeguarding her own interests by defending  Nawaz, here is a slap. “I am not in the second season  of Sacred Games. For those who  think I am defending him to save Sacred Games and my own role in  it, I’ve news. The second season has started shooting.And I am  not in it. My role is over. This is  not about selfinterest. It is to safeguard  the MeToo movement from being derailed.”

 Kubbra says every individual needs to stand by his or her decisions. “I’ve made many mistakes in my life and career.I’ve been in relationships that I’ve regretted.And I’ve done  a webseries in the past which makes me  cringe. But at that point of time I needed any work that came  my way. If you make wrong decisions in life it isn’t right to blame them on  others specially  if they are far more successful than you.  Such accusations and allegations look like vendetta.”

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