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People Hope to Get Transparency in System With #MeToo Movement

The makers of all these films were directly or indirectly accused of sexual harassment

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#MeToo strikes where virtue means lack Of opportunity. Flickr

With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum in India, veteran producer Ronnie Screwvala says the system in Bollywood will become more transparent than being fearful for new talents to step in.

Sharing his opinion on the current situation where the movement has created a collective consciousness among the people in the film industry, asked if new talent will be scared to join the film industry, Screwvala told IANS here: “I can imagine there could be some trepidation and that would come more from the parents than the budding talents. But because it is out in the open now, the movement will make the system more transparent.

“Now, people know how to respond to the situation and that does not stop them (victims) to grow in their career. Earlier, it happened to people in such a way that they feared to raise their voice because they thought their career will be over if they are not compromising. Now, not anymore.”

Will the industry lose out on new talent?

“Look, the situation is serious on how these stories are coming out now, but we have to understand that is just one per cent of the whole industry. I do not think that reflects on everyone member of the community. I think now the penny has dropped with a lot of people that 99 per cent of the people do believe it is (sexual harassment at workplace) unacceptable, so if anybody does that to someone, the person can fearlessly raise her (or his) voice, knowing that it will not affect her career,” Screwvala said on the sidelines of the 20th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

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Spread of awareness. No more such thing as boys are boys.

Screwvala was at the gala as the producer of “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota”, which opened the festival.

This year at the Mumbai Film Festival, four films were dropped from the line-up — Rajat Kapoor’s “Kadhakh’ and All India Backchod (AIB) produced “Chintu Ka Birthday”, Anurag Kashyap co-produced “Bebaak” and Ere Gowda’s Kannada film “Balekempa”.

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The makers of all these films were directly or indirectly accused of sexual harassment.

The film festival will continue till November 1. (IANS)

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#MeToo: Mumbai Police Close Tanushree’s Case Against Nana Patekar

“In view of this, we shall oppose the B Summary Report and also file a writ petition before Bombay High Court,” Satpute added

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

In a significant development, the Mumbai Police have filed a closure report in the alleged #MeToo sexual harassment case lodged by actress Tanushree Dutta against actor Nana Patekar, a top official said here on Thursday.

“Yes, we have filed a B-Summary Report before the court,” Mumbai Police spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner of Police Manjunath Shinge told IANS.

The police move comes after they reportedly did not find enough evidence in the matter, virtually ending the case as they cannot continue further investigations.

Dutta’s lawyer, Nitin Satpute said that they would challenge the police move in the matter.

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#MeToo strikes where virtue means lack Of opportunity. Flickr

“If the police file any B or C classification of Summary Report, that cannot be final. We shall oppose it before the court. After hearing, if the court is satisfied, then it can again direct the police to re-investigate,” Satpute told IANS.

He accused the police of conducting a shoddy probe in the entire matter, not recording the statements of many other witnesses, but relying on the evidence of only “one or two” witnesses in a bid to protect the accused.

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“In view of this, we shall oppose the B Summary Report and also file a writ petition before Bombay High Court,” Satpute added.

Dutta had lodged the complaint against Patekar in September 2018 accusing him of allegedly sexually harassing her over a decade ago, in 2008 during a shoot, but he (Patekar) had stoutly denied the charges levelled by her. (IANS)