Mallika Sherawat on #MeToo: Men in the industry are scared


“#MeToo has been a positive step. Women now feel emboldened to talk about these issues. 0
Comment(s) Earlier everything was hushed. ‘Why was she out at night, why was she out with a boy?’ I was shamed all the time because I did bold films. People thought they could take liberties with me. ‘We won’t marry her, she is an actress and has romanced men on screen.’ This is the perception in our country. But men in the industry are absolutely scared. We can count on our fingertips. A safe working environment is the right of every man and a woman, so this is a step in the right direction. “It’s in our culture, this victim blaming. “We can discuss things openly. Advertising

The actor, known for films such as Murder and Pyaar Ke Side Effects, said the power is still in the men’s hands and a level-playing field will only be possible if more women become a part of the industry. The perpetrators would now think twice before misbehaving or saying something inappropriate,” Mallika told PTI. Advertising

The actor, who had previously revealed she was dropped from projects because she refused to get intimate with co-stars off screen, said the movement has empowered women while scaring the perpetrators away. How many women directors, writers and cinematographers are there? “How can the powerful fall when the whole industry is run by men? The game will change when more women enter the field,” she said. In this industry, it’s different because new filmmakers are coming up,” she added. “Even now the society thinks actresses are ‘easy’. It’s a strong movement which comes with responsibilities. Part of the problem, the 42-year-old actor believes, is the victim shaming which is rampant in the society. Women are used as pawns.