Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is “exploiting and disrespecting” a woman to sell his autobiography, claims former Miss India, Niharika Singh on Tuesday. She was responding to the Siddiqui’s claim that he had an affair with her.
Siddiqui, in his memoir, ‘An Ordinary Life’, the critically acclaimed actor said he shared a “passionate” bond with his former co-star. However, Niharika admitted having an affair with the actor but said the details given are laughable.
“Nawaz and I had a brief relationship in 2009 during the making of ‘Miss Lovely’ that lasted less than a few months. So today, when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him and emailing other women on his behalf, I can only laugh,” she said.
“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,” she added.
Nawaz has said that his affair with Niharika lasted for almost “one and a half years.” He also had written that she sent emails on his behalf to his ex-girlfriend. But Niharika denied sending any such emails and said the actor “has chosen to fabricate stories and manipulate a fleeting relationship”.
“None of what he has written has been to 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. I have always maintained that he’s a brilliant actor. However, I had hoped these acting skills would have remained confined only to the screen. Still, I wish him well,” Niharika added.
Here’s what Nawaz wrote about his affair with Niharika in the book:
“For the very first time I went to Niharika’s house. I rang the doorbell, slightly nervous. When she opened the door, revealing a glimpse of the house, I was speechless with amazement. A hundred, or so it seemed, little candles flickered beautifully. She wore soft faux fur, looking devastatingly gorgeous; her beauty illuminated even more in the candlelight. 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.”