In the rise of MeToo movement in India, many prominent people from the industry, as well as journalists, comedians and people from other fields, have been exposed. Many women not only from Bollywood but from the other industries as well, have come forward and narrated their traumatising stories of assault.
It all started with Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against Nana Patekar. Celebrities such as Vikas Bahl, Zulfi Syed, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Chetan Bhagat, Rajat Kapoor, Ronit Roy and others have been accused so far of sexual assault. In the past few days several celebrities have come out in support of all those who have shared their stories.
Now, actor Raveena Tandon talks about the movement and said that even though she has not been a victim of sexual harassment, the countless stories of ill-treatment of women anger her.
“I have been through professional harassment. I did lose out on couple of films. There were few women journalists, who would tarnish our reputation in their magazines or newspapers. Like, from being called a liar to delusional liar, etc. They helped the heroes,” Raveena told PTI.
Talking about her harassment experience, the actor said it was a disturbing phase as her reputation was maligned. “They work in tandem to ruin an actress’s life,” she added, without taking any names.
In a cryptic tweet, recently, Raveena had said, “What defines harassment in a workplace? The fact that many industry wives and girlfriends are silent observers or instigators, when actor husbands destroy the careers of actresses after the chase and flirtation is over or have them replaced with other potential targets.”
What defines harassment in a workplace?The fact that many industry wives/girlfriends are silent observers or instigators, when actor husbands destroy the actresses careers after the chase and flirtation is over,have them replaced with other potential targets?
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) September 29, 2018
Raveena said she is happy that women are finally being heard and is hopeful that the moment will bring the much-needed change in gender dynamics. “We lost the opportunity. And it feels good that today women are getting support from everyone. It is a movement here to stay and I see it making a positive change in the workplace environment. “Earlier there used to be an entire nexus, the producers guild and others would be scared to take action against the hero. Today action is being taken in the open.”
Last week, Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) said, they will be setting up an advisory committee to deal with sexual harassment in the industry, which will have actors Swara Bhasker and Raveena among others as members.
Raveena’s advice to women is to take the legal action, besides approaching the film bodies and associations.
“I believe innocent until proven guilty. After the investigations are carried out, if the person is found guilty, then there also has to be legal action against them.”