In Telugu Film Industry, Sri Reddy is making headlines for her crusade against the casting couch and sexual exploitation. In Pakistan, Singer Meesha Shafi accused singer actor and singer Ali Zafar of sexually harassing her. Recently Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal attended an interview and replied to the question on #MeToo movement, posed by senior journalist Anupama Chopra.
Anupama Chopra asked to Alia Bhatt: Why #MeToo and #TimesUp haven’t come to the Bollywood yet. It’s happened in Tollywood and also in Lollywood.
Alia Bhatt replied, “There’s a very big misconception that if you’ve been sexually assaulted or exploited molested or in any way, with the kind of culture we come from, there’s a certain sense that it becomes your fault. I am saying this because I have played similar role in my movie Highway. The girl also thinks-Where will I go after this? Who is going marry me? How will people look at me?”
Alia Bhatt further said, “In the small towns especially, there are number of hospitals and medical bodies. Recently I have a conversation about this with someone, so I am saying that the people are not aware about the correct procedure to be followed after a girl has been inflicted either with rape or any sexual abuse. The hospitals are also not following procedures correctly after a girl has been inflicted with sexual abuse.”
Anupama asked to Alia: In Bollywood, there are number of educated women, then Why #Metoo hasn’t it come up in Bollywood?
Alia Bhatt said: It takes a lot of guts to come out and speak about it in front of others and first the girl need to know that it’s not her fault and nothing is going to happen to her.
Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal are currently busy in the promotional activities of their upcoming movie Raazi, helmed by Meghana Gulzar and bankrolled by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions.