The jury head for non-feature films at the International Film Festival of India, Vinod Ganatra, termed the Bollywood #MeToo campaign a "fad" and reportedly asserted that people are using it for publicity and mileage.
As per media reports, while talking to media on the sidelines of the 49th International Film Festival of India in Goa, Ganatra stated that the movement will fade over time. "It is a fad, which has come with time. It is a chance to get publicity and mileage. It will not last. What is authentic will last. What is not authentic will disappear. There are people who encourage it," ANI quoted him as saying.
Bollywood's #MeToo movement that started with Tanushree Dutta's misconduct allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar revealed the names of several eminent celebrities who were identified as sexual predators by the women in the industry. Several big-wigs from the entertainment industry have been named and shamed in the wake of the same. Names of several A-listers of the industry including Subhash Ghai, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Sajid Khan, and Varun Grover among others, have been accused of sexual harassment. The age of social media has left no stone unturned as it served as a platform for the victims.
Several celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Twinkle Khanna, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Sophie Chaudhary and Farhan Akhtar have raised their voice in support of the movement. Recently, Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor Khan expressed her views on the same while speaking at the launch event of a women-centric radio show on Wednesday, November 21. The actress lauded the women who took up the courage to share their stories about harassment. Kareena said that it is important to address these issues as the stories do provide impetus to women to speak up.
Meanwhile, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) kick-started in Goa on November 20. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar graced the couch along with Minister of State for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajayvardhan Rathore at the opening ceremony. The event was hosted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, who reprised his role of an emcee on the stage.
(With inputs from ANI)
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