After Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008, many women from the industry and outside, came forward narrating their horrifying #MeToo stories. The movement has garnered momentum in India and now, popular TV actress Shilpa Shinde has reacted on the same. She rubbished #MeToo and stated that ‘whatever happened in the industry, it’s a mutual understanding’. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of First Degree Criminal Sex Act-Third Degree Rape by New York Jury
Shilpa told Times Now, “It’s rubbish. You have to take a call that time only, it’s simple. You should speak about that matter that time only. Even I got a lesson. Jab hota hai, tabhi bolo – baad mei bolne ka koi faayeda nahi, it’s useless. Baad mei aap voice raise karte ho, usko koi nahi sunega, just controversy hogi – nothing else. You have to take a call that time only when it happens and obviously, you need power.” (Say it when it happens, there and then. If you come out later, it won’t help and no one will listen.” Also Read - Ahead of Bigg Boss 13 Finale; Shilpa Shinde Exposes Sidharth Shukla, Claims He Abused & Hit Her
The actress, who accused Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai producer Sanjay Kohli of sexual harassment, last year, said that whatever happens in the industry, it’s a kind of give and take policy. Also Read - Ganesh Acharya Sexual Harassment Case: Mumbai Police Books Choreographer For Abusing Junior Dancer
She added that ‘there’s no rape in this industry, it’s a mutual understanding.’
Shilpa stated, “This industry is not bad and it’s not very good. Everywhere these things happen. I don’t know why khud hi industry ka naam kharaab kar rahe hai. So those who are working and they got work – sab hi log kharaab hai? Aisa nahi hai, it totally depends on you. Aapse saamne waala insaan kaise react karta hai, aap usko kaise answer karte ho. It’s totally a give and take policy. Women are speaking now but at that time also I said that there’s no rape in this industry – zabardasti nahi hota. (it is not forced) Whatever has happened in our industry, it’s a mutual understanding. It’s a mutual thing. If you are not ready to do that, just leave that thing.”
After walking out of Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai, Shilpa participated in Bigg Boss 11 and emerged as the winner.