Ever since the Harvey Weinstein scandal rocked the Hollywood film industry, fans have lost their respect for many of their onscreen heroes. From Kevin Spacey to Ben Affleck, numerous A-listed celebrities were brought under the public scanner due to their past behavior.
Back home in Bollywood, the issue raises questions about the prevalence of sexual harassment within our own film industry.
While many celebs are shying away from commenting on the subject, Fukrey Returns actress Richa Chadha feels that the entire power structure of Bollywood would change if people start talking openly about the issue.
“I don’t see that happening immediately given the culture of naming and shaming in our country. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People, who you see making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, they will all come tumbling down,” Richa was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“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,” she added.
Explaining why people choose to say silent about sexual harassment in India, Richa said, “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,” the actor explains why Bollywood has been quiet on the issue.”
However, Richa pointed out that Bollywood is not the only industry marred by the problem.
“It is very sexy to say, ‘Bollywood, ye gire hue log. 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 has a role. I once met a rapist who said ‘mereko to bus saat saal ki sazaa hogi and then I am back to a normal life’, no remorse whatsoever,” Richa stressed.