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Malaika Arora, who is making headlines for her rumoured relationship with actor Arjun Kapoor, also stressed on how the modelling industry is shunning many "stereotypes"

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More noise than change: Malaika Arora on India's #MeToo wave
Malaika has no time for haters.

The #MeToo movement has entered India, starting a conversation around making the workplace safe for all. But actress Malaika Arora feels there is more noise than actual change at the moment.

“I don’t see too much of a change. I hear people. I think there is more noise than change,” Malaika told IANS over the phone from Mumbai when asked about the change coming with the discussions around the #MeToo movement in India.

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. Big names like Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Anu Malik and Sajid Khan have have been named for using their position to exploit the vulnerable.

But Malaika says there is still a long way to go.

Malaika Arora
Malaika Arora.

“If we are talking about this industry, one is seeing a lot (of things) happening. People are talking about it. But for actual change to happen or for people to actually sit up and do something about it and actually make movement out of it, mindset has to change and people’s mindset cannot change overnight,” added the mother of one.

At the moment, Malaika Arora is seen judging and mentoring in “India’s Next Top Model 4”. The show is back with a new transformative and progressive theme of “More than a Face”. It is aired on MTV.

“This year we are very clear that it will not only be about the face. We want a girl who is not just beautiful. She has to be more than just a beautiful face.”

What are the parameters for it?

“You have to keep a lot of things in mind because at the end of the day it is ‘India’s Next Top’. We are looking for a top model qualities which means ideally and hopefully a tall girl. She needs to look a certain way, be a certain way, she has to walk in a right way.

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“We don’t expect them to come fully prepared on day one. And that’s the whole idea of getting them and making sure you transform them into being a top model and we have been successful in that. We have really managed to transform some of the girls and change them. The transformation of a girl is the most important.”

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Malaika Arora, who is making headlines for her rumoured relationship with actor Arjun Kapoor, also stressed on how the modelling industry is shunning many “stereotypes”.

“When you think of a model, she’s got to be tall, have certain measurements. But in today’s day and age, those stereotypes are no more. People are more accepting about women in general. All those typical stereotypes are finally changing which is good.” (IANS)

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Accusing Without Formal Complaint is Not Authentic: Kailash Kher on #MeToo

"Earlier, I have sung many Marathi songs and it will be my 20th Marathi song with this film. I have sung songs in 25 languages and I have come at this event after singing a Tamil song for Ilaiyaraaja sir."

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Singer Kailash Kher, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, says that in his view, if a person is not making a formal complaint and just continues to accuse, it is not authentic.

Kailash was interacting with the media at the music launch of Marathi film “Dokyala Shot” along with Riteish Deshmukh and Abhijit Panse here.

A few months ago, singer Sona Mahapatra had shared her alleged unsavoury experience with Kailash, and after that, at least four other women raised allegations against the “Teri deewani” singer.

Sona, in an interview, has said she will not lodge a police complaint against Kailash, but she will make sure he doesn’t repeat his alleged act in future.

Reacting to this, Kailash said: “Everyone has their own thinking. If I accuse someone only by taking that individual’s name over and over again then, nothing will come out of it. If you will take legal recourse against that person, then it becomes another matter altogether.

“If I tell you that I will not make a complaint against that individual, but still I will accuse him of doing certain criminal activity, then I feel it’s not an authentic complaint.”

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Does he feel Sona’s allegations are baseless?

Kailash said: “No. I will not decide what is right and what is wrong. I have never accused someone. I am living my life. We are simple human beings and we focus on creating music.”

On his upcoming projects, Kailash said: “We are now doing live concert of Kailasa all over India and the world. Along with that, we are working on our new album. It is named as ‘Tham Ja’.”

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Kailash has sung a song in “Dokyala Shot”.

“Earlier, I have sung many Marathi songs and it will be my 20th Marathi song with this film. I have sung songs in 25 languages and I have come at this event after singing a Tamil song for Ilaiyaraaja sir.” (IANS)