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Alok Nath, Sajid Khan Get Show Cause Notices From FWICE

This comes amidst the raging #MeToo movement, as part of which women have come forward to share their unsavoury experiences with people in positions of power.

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#MeToo strikes where virtue means lack Of opportunity. Flickr

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) on Monday said it will issue show cause notices to actor Alok Nath and actor-director Sajid Khan, who have been accused of sexual harassment and violation.

In a statement, FWICE said a show cause notice will be sent to Alok as his response to its affiliate association Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), was not “satisfactory”, and because Sajid did not respond to the letter of IFTDA on being accused of sexual harassment and molestation by a few female members of the industry.

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Actor Alok Nath Is Known For Playing ‘Sanskari’ Roles.

“The FWICE along with IFTDA pledge to support the victims of sexual misconduct, irrespective of the gender, with our full strength and might,” read the statement.

This step follows a meeting between top officials of FWICE and members of IFTDA.

It has been made mandatory for each production house to form a separate ‘Special Redressal Committee’ in accordance with the Vishakha guidelines to closely monitor such incidents occurring on their projects (film/serial). This committee will empower the victims to come out with such issues openly and help eradicate such malpractices from the industry completely.

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The committee shall extend full support to the victim to go ahead with the case and all the legal guidance and help shall be offered to the victim. flickr

“The committee shall extend full support to the victim to go ahead with the case and all the legal guidance and help shall be offered to the victim till the judgment on the case is awarded by the court of law,” the statement read.

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This comes amidst the raging #MeToo movement, as part of which women have come forward to share their unsavoury experiences with people in positions of power. Writer-director Vinta Nanda named and shamed Alok of sexually violating her 19 years ago, while Sajid has been named by multiple women for his unacceptable behaviour. (IANS)

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‘Provision for Safety’ has Increased in Industry after #MeToo Campaign: Kalki

#MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories

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"I think there's more awareness. I have received code of conduct drafts before doing a play. I have learnt about actors agreeing on touch before intimate scenes." Wikimedia

Actress Kalki Koechlin says she has witnessed several changes in the film indusrty after the #MeToo campaign against sexual harassment at workplace gained traction in India.

“I think there’s more awareness. I have received code of conduct drafts before doing a play. I have learnt about actors agreeing on touch before intimate scenes,” Kalki told IANS over e-mail. According to the “Dev D” actress, “provision for safety” has increased.

She said: “There have been difficult conversations with men about the subject that are ongoing, I think the provision for safety has increased, as women we are demanding certain standards and productions are responding to that.”

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Her case led the #MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories. Wikimedia

The #MeToo Movement got sparked in India last October when former actress Tanushree Dutta recounted an accusation she made against actor Nana Patekar for alleged sexual harassment on the sets of their 2008 film “Horn OK Pleasssss”.

Her case led the #MeToo wave in India as it opened the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.

On the work front, Kalki has recently featured in the web series “Made in Heaven” and is currently prepping up for her Tamil project called “Emma and Angel”.

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On the work front, Kalki has recently featured in the web series “Made in Heaven” and is currently prepping up for her Tamil project called “Emma and Angel”. Wikimedia

Apart from films, she is also associated with luxury brand Hidesign for her bag line. Kalki has now come up with her bag’s latest collection.

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“Each collection comes with some experience from the last and figuring where to improve and what to create next. It’s a daring collection. It’s got adventure and power in caps written all over it.”Kalki feels designing has led to enhancement in her creativity.

“You get to think about what women want (as mostly my collection is for women though I’m all for gender fluidity and hope men wear the bags too!) You start understanding your following and the market better,” she added. (IANS)