‘The Sky Is Pink’ director Shonali Bose on #MeToo: The movement should not become about male bashing
The #MeToo movement, which began in the United States more than a year ago has arrived in India like a tsunami thanks to Tanushree Dutta for being the flagbearer of this movement. Many women from all sectors have come forward to level big names of the Bollywood industry as sexual predators. Many celebrities too have come forward to support this movement and backed the victims. The latest to join the movement is ‘The Sky Is Pink’ director Shonali Bose.
Shonali has praised the courage of women for sharing their #MeToo stories. She was recently at the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film festival where she said that this movement shouldn’t become male bashing. She said, “It is not about men and women, it is about the patriarchy embedded in our society. I was in a prominent college in Delhi, I was sexually harassed in the auditorium and went up to the stage and said we were shutting down the festival as many faced it.”
“The principal said I was going to be expelled from the college. It is about the ideology, like women being shamed as to how you project yourself, what you wear. It is not coming from men Alone but women as well,” added Shonali.
Shonali said that that the incident made her realise how women are judged for what they wear and how they appear. She believes that cinema is the best way where one can break boundaries and smash stereotypes.
Shonali is helming Priyanka Chopra starrer ‘The Sky Is Pink’ that is based on the life of late motivational speaker and author Aisha Chaudhary.