Three months ago, Tanushree Dutta became the flag-bearer of the #MeToo movement in the Hindi film industry when she fearlessly slammed veteran actor Nana Patekar and accused him of sexual harassment and obnoxious behavior on the sets of their film, Horn OK Pleassss. This triggered the much-needed debate on how men in power often misuse their positions to extract physical and sexual benefits from aspiring and naive actors.
Now, another actress has come out and spoken about her experience and how she lost a film! We are talking about Aditi Rao Hydari, who was seen in Padmaavat this year. Speaking about the movement and her experience, the actress said, “I remember when I started, I was extra-naive because I came from a protected background. I didn’t know that the rumors were true, that things like this did happen. And honestly, I have not had such a bad time.”
She continued, “I had one incident which actually didn’t harm me very much. But yes, I did lose work because I was given a choice – it’s either this or this. For me, it was a no-brainer. I had to walk away. The incident made me hopeless about finding work again.” When asked about coming out in the open and mustering up the courage to speak against the perpetrators, she said, “I think you should speak about something only when you are ready. And when you don’t talk about it, people are like, ‘Oh, they were paid off’ or ‘oh, they were silenced.”
She also stated how she faced the Casting Couch during the early days of her career. “I did lose work and I cried about it. I didn’t regret it but I cried about it because I felt so upset that this was true and this is how girls are treated. I was like, how dare someone speak to me like that! For about eight months [after the incident] I didn’t get work, but I feel that decision made me stronger in my intention about the kind of work I wanted to do,” said the actor.
Well, that’s quite a courageous confession!
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