Living in a patriarchal society, the #MeToo movement has given a powerful platform to women to raise their voice against the harassment and injustice. The traumatizing stories of women working in Bollywood have shocked the entire nation. From Vikas Bahl to Alok Nath, the secret and perverted life of Bollywood biggies is finally an open book. The latest to join this movement is actress Chitrangada Singh.
Cut to past, the actress had walked out of the film ‘Babumoshai Bandookbaaz’ because she reportedly felt uncomfortable when the director kept asking for retakes during an intimate scene.
Also, Director Kushan Nandy allegedly made appalling remarks during the scene, asking her to get on Nawaz and rub herself.
Now, Chitrangada spoke more clearly about how she was threatened at the time of filming. She said,
“I pleaded that this was not in my comfort zone. I said I was wearing only a petticoat underneath the saree. The director told me not to fuss and just do what was required. I was intimidated, bullied and threatened into doing it. Some crew members were mortified. But, Nawaz just sat there waiting for the storm to blow over.”
She targetted Nawaz for ignoring her discomfort and not taking a stand for her when it was needed. She says,
“He didn’t ask me if I was okay. He just asked, ‘Are you doing the scene?’ I said no. He left. Nawaz could’ve taken a stand against my harassment. He didn’t. When empowered men in the film industry do not take a stand, the harassers feel encouraged.”
Not only women, but men also have a responsibility to stand up against harassment.