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Seniors in Bollywood should speak up: Huma Qureshi on #MeToo movement

Huma Qureshi says women are tight-lipped about abuse or assault because of a lack of safe environment.

Written by: India TV Entertainment Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: June 18, 2018 14:44 IST ]

Huma Qureshi

Actor Huma Qureshi believes that #MeToo campaign is not going to happen in Hindi film industry soon as senior actors are afraid to open up. Qureshi said the movement worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior female actors came forward with their stories of sexual harassment. Me Too movement became a rage in Hollywood late last year after top actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, along with people from other walks of life shared their stories of sexual abuse.

In contrast, only a handful of Bollywood stars have spoken about sexual harassment prevalent in the industry and that too without taking any names. Asked if it was disheartening that the movement never arrived in Bollywood, Qureshi said, "It's not going to happen (in Bollywood) and the reason is, it worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior and respected actresses spoke about it. That's what really gives the #MeToo movement a lot of momentum. I really hope and pray it happens in India. But I feel we should not wait for this campaign to happen just in the film industry, it should happen in all walks of life." 

Qureshi says women are tight-lipped about abuse or assault because of a lack of safe environment. She believes a number of factors are responsible in making the environment secure for women - be it their portrayal on screen or empowering them.

"It's a two-way thing. First, we should look at the representation of women in films. How we are looking at them. Then, of course, better role models for young girls who would empower them rather than degrade. There's a 360-degree effort. It starts at home. The girls have to be equal to boys. If a woman comes out saying she has been abused or assaulted, we should not start finding flaws in her character, or try to dig up her past for murky details. Those are the things we should keep mind,'' she said.

(With PTI inputs)

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