With the ongoing controversy of sexual harassment in Hollywood, many artistes have chosen to take a stand against the issue of sexual harassment through the #Metoo campaign. However, very few actresses in Bollywood have shared their stories of harassment. Recently, in an interview, actress Kalki Koechlin mentioned that lack of safe environment in the Hindi film industry makes other actresses to refuse to stand up and speak up against abuse.
As actress Neha Dhupia was asked for her take on the issue, the actress said to a leading Indian daily, “The #Metoo campaign has been quite a trailblazer, everyone has come out and spoken about it but I, honestly, feel that if there is anything to take from this it’s is that if it is happening to someone, they should come and speak about it. By keeping quiet, you are not protecting yourself and in the process also hurting other women. Today, you are the victim and that man has gotten away with, tomorrow there is going to be someone else, who will be the victim and maybe it could be worse. So, I feel you have this responsibility to come out and speak about it, you will not be a victim. You have been through it but the braver thing is to talk about it. And we hear a lot of things as far as the industry is concerned. All I can say is that if it’s happening, it has to be stopped and one of the ways to do that is to talk about it.”
Although actress Swara Bhaskar and Irrfan Khan have shared their horrific experiences of sexual harassment, none of them have named the culprits because they fear to lose their jobs. However, they claimed that these abusers are actually the power players of the industry. Speaking about the same, Neha said, “I respect the fact that they don’t want to name the people but someone’s has to be brave and strong enough to talk about it and someone’s got to lead the way and I don’t know who it is going to be but someone has to.”