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âœWhen Bollywood opens up on sexual harassment we will lose a lot of heroesâ â“ Richa Chadha


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It was just recently when stories of sexual harassment in Hollywood were breaking the internet as revelations about Harvey Weinstein came up. As horrifying as the stories were, around 70 women were seen coming out and talking about sexual abuse. With such disturbing incidences, many women were seen discussing if Bollywood too has someone following that pattern. While we can say that it will take a long time for women in Bollywood to come out and talk about such issues, we have the very bold and sassy Richa Chadha who has spoken some really strong things about Bollywood, women and men in Bollywood and a lot more.

Speaking about the same in her recent interview with a popular daily, Richa said, “I don’t see that happening immediately given the culture of naming and shaming in our country. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People, who you see making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, they will all come tumbling down. We will lose a lot of heroes and several people will lose their lives’ work, their legacies. I think that’s what people will attack – they can’t attack them monetarily so they will go after the legacies. And it will happen, I would think in the next four-five years. It is very sexy to say, ‘Bollywood, ye gire hue log. They do this for work, they are just a cesspool for parties and all. We have a very fertile imagination when it comes to Bollywood. But we refuse to look at others. The press has a role in this – they should not be jumping on a hashtag. The press should be consistently creating a support system for the victim to come forward to say ‘this happened to me and he did that’. The judiciary has a role. I once met a rapist who said ‘mereko to bus saat saal ki sazaa hogi and then I am back to a normal life’, no remorse whatsoever.”

As honest as it can get, here’s more power to you, Richa!

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