Richa Chadda: “If The #MeToo Protest Happens In Bollywood, We’ll Lose A Lot Of Heroes”
- IWB Post
- December 6, 2017
When actor Richa Chadda was asked what could happen if the Bollywood takes up the #MeToo protest to unveil the sexual harassment cases in the Hindi film industry, she said we might end up losing many ‘heroes.’
In a rather powerful interview, the actor discussed the abuse scenarios and what might happen to these potential culprits.
“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.”
“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.”
Whoa! This statement makes us wonder who these people could be.
She further explains why Bollywood is taking so long to brave up.
“If someone suffers the loss of livelihood apart from emotional trauma, why will they come forward? In Hollywood, it is easier as actors get a royalty.”
About the sad trend of victim-shaming, Richa says, “Bollywood is not the only industry we need to look at when it comes to sexual or power harassment. “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.”
H/T: Hindustan Times