Saturday January 19, 2019

Huma Qureshi Urges People To Listen To The Victims of #MeToo Movement

The actress feels the #MeToo movement is here to stay

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We must listen to the victims: Huma Qureshi on #MeToo. (IANS)

Actress Huma Qureshi thinks it is brave of women to come out and talk about their #MeToo stories, saying the movement will bring positive change in the country. However, she also urges people to “listen to the victims”.

“I think #MeToo is the most relevant movement that has happened in recent times in India as far as women are concerned. And I think it is amazing but heartbreaking to hear stories about stuff that women — and supposedly powerful and successful women — go through every single day,” Huma Qureshi told IANS on the sidelines of the showcase of H&M’s new designer collection in collaboration with iconic Italian brand Moschino.

“Recently, I saw a picture of Lady Gaga where she wore a pant suit. At the event, she spoke about the fact that she wanted to wear pants because she has been a victim of sexual assault and that she still doesn’t have the guts to talk about it. Now that’s something to think about.

“I think there is something to take away from that, and I say, more power to all the women who are choosing to talk about it. It’s very brave and I think we must really get up and listen to them because we are not listening to them,” Huma Qureshi added.

After making quite an impact in the West, the #MeToo wave has swept into Bollywood and beyond, following Tanushree Dutta recounting an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar on the sets of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss” in 2008.

It has brought out many dark truths from the world of Bollywood, with women coming out to name and shame the offenders. Celebrities like Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Anu Malik and Sajid Khan have been named and shamed for using their positions to exploit the vulnerable.

The actress feels the #MeToo movement is here to stay.

Huma Qureshi
Huma Qureshi (Wikimedia commons)

“I hope and I pray that it will result in a lot of positive changes for not just our film industry but the for the world and country at large,” said Huma, who was here to showcase the fashion collection, which consists of apparel and accessories for women, men and even dogs.

The collection’s key pieces include Disney-inspired sweatshirts, logo t-shirts and party ready ensembles in black and gold.

Huma said their designs are trendy, hip and young. “This is something I resonate with,” she said.

Is Huma a fashion conscious person?

“I am a fashion conscious person to the extent that I always believe that you should follow your own vibes and I have always done that. I think fashion is about expressing yourself and expressing your personality. I have never tried to look like the herd. I always try and stand out and that, for me, is the most important thing,” she said.

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From “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana”, “Ek Thi Daayan”, “Dedh Ishqiya” to “Jolly LLB 2”, Huma Qureshi has portrayed strong female characters in films. However, she doesn’t want her life to influence youngsters.

“I don’t want my life to influence youngsters. I always say don’t follow me, as I am constantly lost. I think everybody should explore themselves. You should travel, meet lots of people, make friends and grow,” said the actress, who is also likely to announce “something very exciting” soon. (IANS)

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Actress Richa Chadha Looks at The #MeToo Movement Positively

The promotional calendar, featuring Richa in 12 avatars, is themed on the 1990s' pulp films

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Instead of trial by media, it should be trial by law: Richa Chadha on #MeToo. Flickr

Actress Richa Chadha, who is proud to portray a brave character like Shakeela on the big screen, looks at the #MeToo movement positively. She believes the movement should have a trial by law that can bring the truth to the fore.

The most recent name to have emerged in the #MeToo wave is that of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman assistant.

On her opinion on the movement, Richa Chadha told the media here: “I am happy that this movement took place and it is important to the cause of it. However, I feel that instead of the #MeToo movement being more about trial by media, it should be more trial by law, which is what will bring the truth to the cause.

“Instead of rumours, I feel it’s more important to understand the actual cases and bring justice to them.”

The actress was present along with “Shakeela” director Indrajit Lankesh for the launch of a quirky calendar here on Thursday night.

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Richa Chadha at an event, IANS

The film is based on the life of bold south Indian actress Shakeela who gained popularity in the 1990s by acting in Telugu and Malayalam films.

Richa said: “When I first heard the story and when Indrajit told me about the script, I was amazed to know how cinematic her life is. She is an unapologetic person who never apologized for her choices. She empowered herself and did things in a business which was largely male-dominated back then.

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“‘Shakeela’ is a story deserving to be told. I am fascinated by her and her story. We talk about issues like women empowerment, gender discrimination and #MeToo today. Shakeela has seen and witnessed this years ago. And she bravely stood up for each of these things during her time which was way early in those days. And she has lived an unapologetic life. Her career choices was always about why should I be ashamed to do my work.”

The promotional calendar, featuring Richa in 12 avatars, is themed on the 1990s’ pulp films.

Richa Chadha said: “The idea of the calendar was to create something that was tongue-in-cheek and equally funny. It is a homage to those pulp films of the 1990s. These posters have been intricately thought through with the intention of invoking a funny reaction from the audiences. I hope people get the humour in all of this. It’s a fun concept and the calendar is something that works well for the film.” (IANS)