Actor Radhika Apte shared her views about the #MeToo movement and why it has not reached the Indian entertainment industry. The 33-year-old actor said that not only women but men also need to “come out of their fears” and share their stories of harassment and sexual abuse. Also Read - Dhaakad Poster Out: Kangana Ranaut is 'Fearless And Fiery' in First Look, Film To Release on This Date
Speaking during a session at the India Today Mind Rocks 2018, Apte said there is need for a good support system that will encourage artists to come out and speak if they are facing any issues. Also Read - Dil Bechara Actor Sanjana Sanghi in Rs 88,600 Saree Shows How to Wear Bling the Right Way
“The main cause is power game. Be it religious, sexual or economical- it happens everywhere. Nobody wants to lose their power…This is a grey area. We need to have a good support system and come out of our fears. Well, not just women but men too are harassed in our industry,” PTI quoted Apte as saying. Also Read - Tandav Actor Saif Ali Khan Looks Dapper in Rs 39K Bandhgala Jacket For a Photoshoot - Yay or Nay?
The Ghoul actor also shared her #MeToo moment at the event, setting an example of what others could be facing at their workplace and how they should react.
“I can share one incident that happened recently, I had actually hurt my back. We did the shoot and I was heading back to my room with another guy who was in the same lift. He was part of the film but we had not spoken much. He said that, ‘Let me know if you need me in the middle of the night for help, I can come and give your back a rub’,” she said.
“But the good part was that the atmosphere on the sets was so easy and comfortable, I told the filmmakers and they had a meeting with him in person. Then I came to know that the culture that he comes from is such that he didn’t realise that he made me uncomfortable with that statement. However, later he never made me feel uncomfortable and apologised,” she added.
The #MeToo movement began with allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and triggered a global movement. It eventually led to structural changes in Hollywood and the launch of the Time’s Up campaign.