Richa Chadha: When women in Bollywood speak up about sexual harassment, we will lose a lot of heroes!



Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, December 6:

Multiple allegations of systematic abuse of women by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein started a massive clean-up operation in Hollywood that saw big names such as Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner crumbling in the face of #MeToo protests and more.

Can something along the same lines happen in the Hindi film industry? Talented actor Richa Chadha says she does not see it happening immediately, mainly because of the culture of victim-shaming in India.

Richa has worked in several acclaimed films, such as Masaan, Gangs of Wasseypur, Sarbjit, Cabaret and Fukrey.

"Given the culture of naming and shaming in our country,I don’t see that happening immediately. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People who are making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, will all come tumbling down," she says.

"We will lose a lot of heroes and several people will lose their lives’ work, their legacies. I think that’s what people will attack -- they can’t attack them monetarily; so, they will go after the legacies. And it will happen, I would think in the next four-five years," the Hindustan Times quoted her as saying.

"If someone suffers the loss of livelihood apart from emotional trauma, why will they come forward? In Hollywood,it is easier as actors get royalty," Richa explains why Bollywood has been quiet on the issue.

She also says Bollywood is not the only industry in India people need to look at when it comes to sexual or power harassment. "It is very sexy to say, ‘Bollywood, ye gire hue log---fallen people. They do this for work, they are just a cesspool for parties and all. We have a very fertile imagination when it comes to Bollywood. But we refuse to look at others.

"The press has a role in this: they should not be jumping on a hashtag. The press should be consistently creating a support system for the victim to come forward to say ‘this happened to me and he did that’.

"The judiciary too has a role. I once met a rapist who said ‘I will be put in prison just for seven years. and then I am back to a normal life.’ No remorse whatsoever."

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