Tuesday April 23, 2019

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)

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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)