Sushmita Sen was Harassed by a Legendary Actor. Guess Who? – Blast from the Past
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Sushmita Sen was Harassed by a Legendary Actor. Guess Who? – Blast from the Past

There was a time when Sushmita Sen was harassed by a senior actor on the sets. How did she react? Find out

There was no MeToo back then. If there was, things would have been different for Sushmita Sen  who while shooting for Chingari  with  director Kalpana Lajmi had to face  a situation  of abject harassment from her co-star.

Sushmita Sen was Harassed by a Legendary Actor. Guess Who? – Blast from the Past

Sushmita Sen with her daughters Renee Sen and Alisah Sen and beau Rohman Shawl

Chingari  was  the story  of a tussle between  a prostitute  and a priest. Sushmita  found herself to be at the  receiving end  of a  massive conflict with the well-known  actor who played  the  villain. The legendary  actor, made her life  a living hell, so much that shooting the intimate scenes with the villain  were an ordeal, as he made sure she was  uncomfortable in them. This is  what the late Kalpana Lajmi had said about Sushmita’s ordeal  during Chingari.  “She did something remarkable. She asked me to let her do an entire take without rehearsals. I agreed. When she gobbled up her co-star he didn't know what hit him. That stunned look on his face was real. After the shot, her co-star was livid. He called me to a corner and abused me in graphic language. You don't know what I've gone through. Half the time he was drunk. I had put my foot down. He didn't like it. For the last five days he didn't touch a drop. Hence the inconsistent performance. He never expected Sushmita  to be so gifted. They have equal footage. The minute he realized her potential he froze. For the confrontation scene between them my brief to Sush was, 'The predator becomes the prey, and vice versa.' And she took off ...She gave me tonal variations that even the awesome Shabana didn't give me in Ek Pal. I made her do unbelievably long shots, which pissed off her  co-star. She completely ate him up. Sush had to suffer quite a lot. But she did it. I gave her cues two minutes before a shot, and she delivered. Somewhere the friction between them helped their performances.”

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