Huma Qureshi confirmed that Sexual harassment and casting couch exist in the film industry. However she said, #MeToo campaign worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior actresses came forward with their stories of sexual harassment, something which has not happened in Bollywood.
Huma Qureshi, who was recently seen in Superstar Rajinikanth starrer gangster drama Kaala, directed by Pa Ranjith, opened up about #MeToo campaign.
Number of Hollywood actresses like Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie revealed about Harvey Weinstein’s heinous act of sexually harassment. In Pakistan, singer Meesha Shafi alleged she was sexually assaulted by Ali Zafar. In Tollywood, Sri Reddy opened up about casting couch and revealed several names, but Bollywood kept mum. In Bollywood, only few actresses came forward and opened up about sexual harassment prevalent in the industry and that too without taking any names. Earlier Pooja Bhatt and Richa Chadda have said that a lot of such predators exist in Bollywood. But they did not reveal the name.
When Huma Qureshi was asked if it was disheartening that the movement never arrived in Bollywood, the actress said, “It’s not going to happen in Bollywood and the main reason is, it worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior and respected actresses spoke about sexual abuse. That gives the #MeToo movement a lot of momentum. I really hope and pray it happens in India. But I feel we should not wait for #MeToo campaign to happen just in the film industry, it should happen in all walks of life.”
Huma Qureshi says that casting couch and sexual harassment also exists in film industry but the actresses in Bollywood are tight-lipped about abuse or assault because of a lack of safe environment.
Huma Qureshi added that if an actress come out to reveal that she has been abused or assaulted, we should not start to give a character certificate to her. Generally the people start finding flaws in her character. There are the few things, we should keep in mind.”
Huma Qureshi made her film debut with a supporting role in the two-part crime drama Gangs of Wasseypur in 2012. Her popular movies are Badlapur, Highway and X: Past Is Present.