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EXCLUSIVE | #MeToo: 'We All Need To Give Courage To Women To Come Out And Speak,' Says Arjun Kapoor

Written By Diyali Banerjee | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra also extended their views on the on-going #MeToo movement. 
  • 'We all need to give courage to the women to come out and speak and we need to listen' says Arjun Kapoor extending support to sexual assault survivors

India's 'MeToo' movement that started with former actress Tanushree Dutta's allegations of sexual harassment against veteran actor Nana Patekar, gained momentum in the recent days when several women from the industry opened up about their experiences and revealed the names of their sexual predators. The movement has brought into limelight the names of several eminent personalities including Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, and Chetan Bhagat among others. 

The latest entrants to react on the #MeToo movement are actor Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra.

Parineeti who has previously extended support to Tanushree Dutta, in an exclusive interview with Republic TV said, "The #MeToo movement doesn't malign every man out there who works in Bollywood. It's just that few men who are offenders,  everybody is not like that, every actor, every producer, every director is not like that. I don't want women to be scared of entering this industry.  I just hope that his movement is understood for what it is, it's only to name those particular offenders and nothing else."

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The 'Kill Dil' actress further added, "All the aspiring actors please continue your dreams of coming here, your hopes of working here, the men who will be named will hopefully be punished, in their own way, in the right way, I don't want all the men who are good to live in fear all the time."

On the other hand, 'Gunday' star Arjun Kapoor also shared his opinion on the same and said, "Right now, it's a Pandora's box that's opening. I hope Pandora's box gets the right people and it doesn't spread into being a discussion that everybody in the film industry is messed up and they need to be chucked out. There are women who have made it on their own merit with a safe decent human being around them. There are many shining positive examples also in the film industry. However, this doesn't mean we are denying what's going on. At this point, the film industry might be the Centre piece and be a villain but if that leads to a cleanse, and the entire country starts realizing and get scared. If men and whoever woman tries to use power to suppress the opposite sex or physically, mentally, emotionally assault them, in any way, they will reconsider their actions because of what is going to transpire at a big level here. I think it will be a small loss but a big victory. But again, to generalize things would be unfair, our industry is known for more things than just this and it would be sad if we get stuck and just talk about this." 

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"We all need to give courage to the women to come out and speak and we need to listen. Rather than giving judgemental about anything at this moment. So sometimes shutting up is also a good thing and we need to maintain the dignity of what's going on. It's a serious issue. It is a movement that is supposed to happen in a right way, if we make too much noise about the wrong things, we might muddle it up," he further added.

Several Bollywood celebrities including Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Simi Garewal, Lisa Ray, and  Aishwarya Rai Bachchan extended their support to the actresses who are raising their voice against the misconduct happened to them. In a shocking turn of events, Bollywood's biggest names like producer Karim Morani, Subhash Ghai, and Sajid Khan have come up and they have been accused of alleged sexual harassment. Recently, in a promotional event of the upcoming film 'Namaste England', Bollywood stars Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra also extended their views on the on-going #MeToo controversy. 

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