Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra on #MeToo: Important movement but I’ve seen it being misused
In October last year, Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar and others of harassing her on the sets of ‘Horn Ok Pleassss!’. And since then, the #MeToo movement began. After her revelation, many Bollywood celebrities such as Subhash Ghai, singer Kailash Kher, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Rajkumar Hirani and others were added in the alleged offenders’ list. The #MeToo movement earned extensive support from the insiders of the industry. And now, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has reacted on it.
In an exclusive interview with Bollywood Bubble, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said, “MeToo is an extremely important movement because it’s a great tool. As such for the women they have something – a kind of empowerment. But I have seen it being used and have also seen it being misused. Whether you are saying that the industry has started working in a certain way I think that’s a huge insinuation because industry has always respected the women.”
Elaborating further, the filmmaker said, “There are bad apple everywhere in our family, forget about the industry and the people who are in the industry belong to your family and mine and somebody’s family. So they are like us only, so there are good and bad apple everywhere and that doesn’t mean one is defending the industry or not defending it as I am trying to make a bigger perspective for your laydown.”
“I think that’s a wonderful thing that happened…which has been started now and there is a sense of empowerment now not just among men among women also and yeah anything is good is good but the misuse of the same is not good because that is going to only dilute the women who really needs it, their efforts you know,” he concluded.
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On the work front, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is gearing up for the release of ‘Mere Pyare Prime Minister’. The film stars Anjali Patil, Om Kanojiya, Atul Kulkarni, Makrand Deshpande, Niteesh Wadhwa and Rasika Agashe. Interestingly, it was the only Asian film which was screened at the Rome Film Festival.