As the #MeToo movement is sweeping the entertainment industry in India, Bollywood veteran actor Asrani has dubbed it as "rubbish." Asrani has been part of many Bollywood movies and is famous for his jailer role in the film Sholay. His comic timing and perfect sense of humor has earned him a huge fan base. While many Bollywood actors are coming forward in support of the #MeToo movement, Asrani has claimed that it is not something to be taken seriously.
The 77-year-old actor feels that all this is just for promotions. Speaking to ANI, he said, "I support women, everyone should, but all this is mostly for publicity, part of film promotions and nothing else. All this is rubbish, and 90 percent lie, just to sell it to magazines and for popularity."
He termed the accusations against various actors as 'filmy things'."Accusations and blames are all filmy things. Mere accusations mean nothing, don't take this seriously. If you publish Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, no one will read it but if it's Madhuri Dixit's or Madhubala's autobiography people will come and read it."
The #MeToo movement began a year ago in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published various stories about decades-long predation of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
The movement gained pace in India after Tanushree Dutta accused Nata Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number for 'Horn Okk Pleasss' in 2008. Following the revelation, many more such cases have come to the fore with filmmaker Vikas Bahl, and actors Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath being leveled with similar allegations.
Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Tappsee Pannu, Pooja Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha among several others, had earlier spoken in support of the movement.
(With ANI inputs)