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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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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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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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Do not accept that it is a norm and do not keep tolerating. Flickr

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)