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Actress Swara Bhaskar Says “Sexual Harassment Cases at Workplace Are Like an Epidemic”

On the acting front, Swara has two web-series in the pipeline

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Actress Swara Bhaskar, who has been a supporter of India’s #MeToo movement, says that sexual harassment cases at the workplace are like an epidemic. She hopes to bring awareness about it via the film and television industry.

The Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) recently announced that it will be setting up committees to tackle sexual harassment in the industry and will have actors Swara Bhaskar, Renuka Shahane and Raveena Tandon among others as members.

Talking about her role in the committee, Swara said, “I am part of a sub-committee which is formed by CINTAA which will conduct workshop regarding awareness against sexual harassment at the workplace for its members. We have total 24 unions in our industry and it has more than 5 lakh members in it so we will try to work together on this front with these unions.”

“When you hear about #MeToo stories then, you will realize that cases of sexual harassment at workplace are like an epidemic. It is like a disease so, awareness regarding that is really important so through this sub-committee, we will generate awareness among our members,” said the actress, who was at The Wedding Junction Show 2018 here.

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Tanushree Datta Started the MeToo Movement few days back in Bollywood.

On the acting front, Swara has two web-series in the pipeline.

“One of them is titled ‘It’s Not That Simple’ season 2… Apart from that, I am doing an interesting series called ‘Rasbhari’,” she said.

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“After that, I am starting another very interesting series at the end of this year in which I am playing a police officer for which I have to speak in Marathi, so that’s a challenge because I have been living in Mumbai from many years but its first time that I will be speaking Marathi for my project.”

Swara’s upcoming web series “Rasbhari”, directed by Nikhil Bhat, will be a 10 episode series set in the local culture and flavour of small town Uttar Pradesh. She will be playing an English teacher named Shanoo in a Meerut school who has caught the attention of a boy from the 11th grade. (IANS)

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Tanushree Dutta Considers ‘MeToo Movement’ Far Bigger Than Herself

She is sure the "MeToo Movement" will go on in India regardless of her presence

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'MeToo Movement' is far bigger than me: Tanushree Dutta.

Actress Tanushree Dutta is rightly regarded as the founding-mother of the “MeToo Movement” in India. When she spoke on her experience of being harassed 10 years ago, she opened up the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.

But now, Tanushree Dutta is done. She is all set to return to the US, and refuses to take credit for starting the “MeToo Movement” in India.

“The media is just making a heroine out of an ordinary person’s organic journey. I was not the doer but just a conduit and a vessel through which some change or awareness had to come about in society,” she said.

Not that she is distancing herself completely from the movement. “In a way, I needed retribution too from the incident that pushed me back several years in my professional life.”

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Tanushree Dutta And Nana Patekar. DNA

But now it’s time for her to return to routine life in the US.

“I live there now. I was anyways supposed to go back eventually. This became a very long holiday by default and I’ll be back again. But I’m going to miss it though, my family and everything else here,” Tanushree said.

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She is sure the “MeToo Movement” will go on in India regardless of her presence.

“Nothing should be dependent on me because when things are dependent on the initiative by a single individual, they get bound and don’t flourish freely in its own time,” the actress said. (IANS)