India, May 23 -- Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's wife, Aaliya, has accused him of being an absentee father, disrespecting her in front of actor Manoj Bajpayee and avoiding being seen with her in public. The couple is involved in a divorce dispute.

Aaliya told The Times of India that they have been living separately for more than four years, and that Nawaz makes excuses when she asks him to visit their children. "I have not told anything to the kids, though they are upset and keep asking me 'papa kahan hai?', 'kahan shoot kar rahe hai?' I keep telling them that he is shooting in New York, US but then for how many years should I do that?" she said. She had demanded full custody of the couple's two children.

Aaliya added, "Despite him being at...