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#Metoo In Bollywood: Widespread Fear and Panic Spreads In Bollywood Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

Masala 2018-10-09 00:00:00
Nana Patekar and Tanushree Dutta

Who will be  named next? This is the fear that grips many big-name personalities in Bollywood  as  more and more people are being named and shamed on social media with regards to sexual harassment allegations.

A  prominent  producer-director expressed the  collective fear  of  the industry when he  said,  “You never  know who will be named next, and for what reason. I can’t recall a  single instance  of  misbehaviour with any woman  in my entire career of  40 years. I’ve always  ensured  I  was  correct  in  my conduct. But  how do we when somebody would come  forward to say something about my behaviour that I have  no recollection about?”

Several top-name  filmmakers have  asked their  office for CCTV  footage  of their interaction with actresses. “Just in case…I mean, I meet so many women in my office who come asking for work. What  if one of them turns around to say I misbehaved with her?” says a  filmmaker.

An immediate  fallout of the current atmosphere of naming and  shaming would  be a further reduction of direct interaction between  filmmakers and  actors. “All the  casting-auditions would now be done by casting agents,” says a filmmaker.

But who will protect these casting agents from the wrath of embittered vengeful star aspirants who have nothing to lose by naming and shaming people in  positions of  power for wrongs imagined or otherwise?