The Indian film industry is going through a historic time where industry insiders are coming out in the open and calling out their accusers through social media. Many big-wigs have been exposed through this movement started by Tanushree Dutta, who posed sexual harassment allegations on Nana Patekar and has now taken the legal route for the same.
In the wake of the movement, Republic TV exclusively got in touch with the 'Aisha' actress, who shed light on the ongoing movement saying it comes with a certain sense of murkiness. "As a movement whether it is in Hollywood or Bollywood, I think it is a wonderful platform for people who have actually felt exploited or taken advantage of to come out and speak that's one side of it. I think in India we are conditioned, Indians tend to be a very hypocritical race in many ways. There's a huge percentage of our population that follows a traditional outlook towards life and at the same time in popular culture - television and films, we are encouraging the perception of women which encourages sort of an objectification of them. I think that's really the root cause of the problem. It's a cultural phenomenon."
Further talking about empowering, she shared that women have been conditioned in a certain way in our country since the very beginning of it all. "Women lift each other up. I recently did a shoot where we were celebrating women. I come from a family of very strong, independent, successful women. I have been raised by one such woman. I definitely believe that women need to be empowered constantly. Feminism is a very murky term, very misused term. While I support the Me Too movement in more ways than one, in most ways. I feel that it comes with a certain sense of murkiness. Why murkiness? One is that I don't take away from the fact that there are men out there who are sleazy, who are inappropriate, who can may be quite disgusting in their behaviour, who may take undue advantage of women, of their position of their power. I don't at all deny that. At the same time, I believe very strongly that it is the perception of women that needs to be looked at and addressed. In the same way, women perceive themselves in the way that they are conditioned to perceive themselves. So when you have a girl from my industry, coming to the big bad city of Mumbai with stars in her eyes and wanting to make it, she is already conditioned to believe that there are certain things that go with what making it involves so I think that is something we as a society need to look at very strongly."
Talking about her upcoming projects, the actress doled out details on donning the hat of a producer very soon. While she refrained from revealing further details, it would be interesting to watch which project she lays her hands on.
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