Scandals and gossip are an intrinsic part of film industries the world over, and India is no exception. From sex scandals to drug abuse, time and again Bollywood biggies have been found involved in various issues that have stoked much controversy. The latest person to be caught up in one is none other than the critically acclaimed actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. His recently launched tell all auto-biography ‘An Ordinary Life: A Memoir’, has brought him more criticism than acceptance.
His biography has captured the headlines for all the wrong reasons. A Delhi-based advocate, Gautam Gulati, has even filed a complaint against Siddiqui before the National Commission for Women (NCW) about “outraging the modesty of his ‘Miss Lovely’ co-star” in the auto-biography.
According to reports, Nawaz’s memoir reveals a lot about his extra-marital relationships, specifically one with ‘Miss Lovely’ co-star Niharika Singh and his former girlfriend Sunita Rajwar.
In a report published by Mid-Day, Gulati has denied any connection with either of the ladies. He said:
I have lodged a complaint with NCW with a request to give direction for the registration of FIR under sections 376 (rape), 497 (adultery) and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) of IPC. He was evidently married when he was having an affair with Niharika and kept her in the dark about it.
Gautam Gulati further wrote in his complaint:
The actor has published it without having second thoughts about how this kind of act can ruin the married life of the victim. For minting money and garnering free publicity for his book, the actor has bargained the modesty of a woman.
In the autobiography, which is co-authored by Rituparna Chatterjee, Siddiqui reveal a lot about his relationship with Niharika, sometimes seemingly going out of way just to prove the intensity of their relationship. In an excerpt from the book, he recapitulates:
For the very first time I went to Niharika’s house… When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. And I, being the lusty village bumpkin that I am, scooped her up in my arms and headed straight for the bedroom. We made passionate love. And just like that, out of the blue, I began a relationship with Niharika Singh, a relationship which I did not know then would last for almost one and a half years.
Niharika, however, rubbished the claims made by Nawaz in his memoir and said that their relationship lasted for few months during the making of the film:
Nawaz and I had a brief relationship during the making of Miss Lovely that lasted less than a few months. He obviously wants to sell his book and it would appear that he is willing to exploit and disrespect a woman just to do so. He has chosen to fabricate stories and manipulate a fleeting relationship. None of what he has written has been with my knowledge, let alone my consent. It is this very aspect of Nawaz that caused me to end my relationship with him in the first place.
On the other hand Nawaz’s former girl friend Sunita Rajwar took to Facebook to accuse Nawazuddin Sidiqqui of being a “sympathy seeker”. She wrote:
He leaves o opportunity to get sympathy from others – be it his complexion, his economical background or even his struggling days (when he worked as a watchman).
Faced with being hauled to court about his relationships with women and making it public without their consent, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been forced to withdraw his memoir from the stands, just two days after it was launched. Nawazuddin Siddiqui even took to Twitter to apologize to everyone for hurting their sentiments.
I m apologising 2 every1 who’s sentiments r hurt bcz of d chaos around my memoir #AnOrdinaryLife
I hereby regret & decide 2 withdraw my book
— Nawazuddin Siddiqui (@Nawazuddin_S) October 30, 2017