A group of female Indian filmmakers in Bollywood has decided not to work with ‘proven offenders’ in future in the wake of what’s being termed as India’s own MeToo movement. In a statement, whose signatories included Zoya Akhtar, Gauri Shinde, Kiran Rao, Konkona Sen Sharma, Meghna Gulzar, Nandita Das, Nitya Mehra, Alankrita Shrivastava, Reema Kagti, Ruchi Narain and Shonali Bose, the filmmakers expressed their support to those women, who had come out in the open to share their ‘honest’ accounts.
Konkona Sen Sharma took to social media to share the statement. It read, “As women and filmmakers, we come together to support the #MeTooIndia movement. We are in complete solidarity with the women who have come forward with honest accounts of harassment and assault. Our respect and admiration to them as their courage has started a revolution of welcome change.
“We are here to spread awareness to help create a safe and equal atmosphere for all in the workplace. We have also taken a stand to not work with proven offenders. We urge all our peers in the industry to do the same.”
The statement comes amidst allegations of serious misconduct against actors Nana Patekar and Alok Nath, filmmaker Sajid Khan and singer Kailash Kher.
Nana Patekar and Sajid Khan have already stepped away from their next project Housefull 4 after the allegations against them were brought to light. Alok Nath, who was accused of raping producer Vinta Nanda, has threatened to take legal action against his alleged victim.
Kiran Rao’s husband Aamir Khan had earlier thrown his weight behind India’s own MeToo movement. On Wednesday, the Bollywood megastar had announced that he was stepping away from a film, as ‘someone’ associated with it had been accused of sexual misconduct.
Kiran is also the Chairperson of Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, which has dropped two movies — Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh and AIB’s Chintu Ka Birthday — from its line-up in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against the actor-filmmaker and some members of the comedy collective, reported IANS.