Until now, Bollywood had stayed pretty much silent on #MeToo movment. But it is quickly gaining momentum in India with several celebrities and commoners coming out with allegations of sexual misconduct by powerful men in India’s media and entertainment industries. Soon after former actress Tanushree Dutta shared her #MeToo moment and accused Nana Patekar of misbehaving with her, several others female celebs stood up and narrated their stories of sexual harassment.
Recently, a lot of Bollywood celebs, comedians, best-selling authors and top journalists have all found themselves of being accused of abusing their positions to behave improperly towards women. People who are facing heat under this movement include Rohit Roy, Kailash Kher, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Vikas Bahl, Utsav Chakraborty, Gursimran Khamba, Chetan Bhagat, Subhash Kapoor, among others.
Recently, former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has always supported the #MeToo campaign, came out and said:
“I have always spoken out, I spoke in the past, I am speaking now, and I will continue to speak.”
“When it comes to helping women find their voice, find the strength, feel confident about sharing their stories, it’s not about the current time. This has been going on since a lot of time and I am glad it has found a certain momentum today.”
If you remember, Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan used to be in a committed relationship (that was in 1999). How can one forget the chemistry between the duo in movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, but with time they hit a rough patch and the two finally called it off in March 2002. Later, Aishwarya accused Salman of violent behaviour.
Now a shocking video of Salman Khan is going viral, in which he could be heard denying the fact that he hit Aishwarya Rai. Khan was quoted as saying,
“Yeah, now that woman has said that I have. I mean there was a journalist Prabhu Chawla who asked me this long time ago, so I just banged the table he got startled, the table really broke.”
Watch Salman Khan’s ridiculous answer when a journo asked if he had hit Aishwarya Rai pic.twitter.com/BFAbfKIFKS
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He further added, “I mean, if I hit somebody, it’s obviously a fight, I am going to be angry. I am going to whack and give it my best shot. I don’t think she would’ve survived it.”
In another interview with a leading publication house, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan had accused Salman of misbehaving with her. Talking about how abusive Salman was, she said:
“After we broke up, he (Salman) would call me and talk rubbish. There were times when Salman got physical with me, luckily without leaving any marks. And, I would go to work as if nothing had happened.”
While it is good to see that India’s #MeToo moment finally happening, it is equally important to find voices from all such fields.