Tanushree Dutta, who has spent many years in the US, has recently accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn Ok Pleasss in 2008. Now she wants justice and has filed complaints against Patekar. Soon after, other actresses a have come out with their personal stories of harassment and molesters in public and it gave #MeToo movement a momentum. Now it is one of the most powerful movements in India.
Actress Kalki Koechlin believes that it’s a permitting time for women in India. In an exclusive interview to Cosmopolitan India, Kalki talked about #MeToo movement and how it has helped in empowering women.
‘It’s an empowering time for women. It’s been about a year since it began in Hollywood, and I don’t think anyone, including myself, expected it to blow up so suddenly. And we have seen results. People have resigned, people are being investigated in workplaces, new rules are being set up, facilitating processes for women to lodge complaints-so much has happened and it’s only been three weeks. All of it is very encouraging,’ Kalki said.
‘We can’t let fear steer the way, dictate our lives. This movement has proved that we can’t sit here and fear what might or might not happen. It’s true that women who’ve been speaking are hugely threatened; their lives are under stress for calling out their abusers,’ she added saying that she is aware that a lot of women are being threatened for naming and shaming men publicly but she wants them to not live in fear.
A few years ago Kalki had opened up on her #MeToo story and had exposed that she was sexually molested as a child.
‘That was a battle I had to fight in the public eye-but, for me, it was much longer than what was seen in media.
It’s about therapy, about speaking to family, finding ways to get over it. I’ve been working very closely with Insia Dariwala and the community of child sexual abuse. Ultimately, we all have difficult battles to fight. But if we don’t make the effort to fight them, the system will never change,’ Kalki told Cosmopolitan.
With #MeToo movement, Kalki discloses that a lot is changing in Bollywood. ‘We’ve had a meeting with the Producers Guild of India, where we talked about what procedures they will be implementing to make the space safer for women. We also met with the head of CINTAA (Cine & TV Artists Association), Sushant Singh, and it was a great way to pull the industry together and figure a way out. So it might not be splashed in the media or on social-media space, but things are changing,’ added Kalki.
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