2018 was a big year for the #MeToo movement in India, leading Indian women took stock from the west and built up courage to bring up the issue in India like never before.
It wasn’t just Bollywood celebrities who came forward but women from all walks of life built up the courage to bring sexual predators to book.
2019 is only 6 weeks old, yet, we know have one of Bollywood’s most respected members, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha mocking the the movement, boasting with pride that his name didn’t crop up among the list of predators.
On Wednesday, Shatrughan Sinha, along with his wife Poonam Sinha, was present at a book launch event and the former actor seemed to have given a bit too much away when addressing the gathered media.
While addressing the media, the 72-year-old Shatrughan brought up the #MeToo movement which made waves across the nation. The gathered press were expecting him to back the #MeToo movement but instead, he made a joke of it.
The former Rajya Sabha member boasted of feeling safe that his name didn’t crop up during the whole movement and was thankful that he listens to his wife.
He also appealed to his former female co-stars to look at the situation and excuse him.
Indeed a wasted opportunity for Shatrughan Sinha who could have, as a senior member of society, thrown his weight behind the crucial and timely movement.
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Talking about the #MeToo movement In India:
Aashiq Banaya Aapne fame actor Tanushree Dutta first accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment back in 2008.
It was followed by a national uprising where many women from different walks of life too shared names of culprits who had sexually and physically abused them in the past.
Many big names like Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Anu Malik, Vinod Dua, Subhash Ghai, MJ Akbar, Rajat Kapoor, Subhash Kapoor and others were accused of being sexual predators.
The latest big name to join the tainted list is famed Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani.
Original Article via ABHISHEK SINGH for In.com, adapted for Daily Ent. Xpress