Just yesterday Aditi Rao Hydari became a hot topic when pictures of her latest magazine cover, shot on One Plus and the photoshoot pictures went viral. The Padmaavat actress looked chic and set the summer temperatures soaring. And today, she is back making headlines for talking about the #MeToo movement. The Bhoomi actress says women in the film industry need to take up responsibility if they want to see a real change.
“Men have a responsibility towards women and that’s essential and the need of the hour… But so do we, women have an equal responsibility too if we really want change,” Aditi tweeted on Tuesday. The actress took a dig at all those instances when women shied away from speaking up about sexual harassment or failed to acknowledge that it exists or didn’t come forward to take a stand for a fellow woman who spoke about her own sexual abuse.
Aditi’s post came in response to producer filmmaker Tanuj Garg’s tweet that said, “The honourable #Metoo campaign by the lovely Rose McGowan is getting misused by some women for personal benefit. Belated, mischievous and unproven defamatory rants masquerading as woman empowerment, have spoilt it for the genuine victims of harassment. #MeeshaShafi #AliZafar #Pakistan.” McGowan had also started the #MeToo hash tag to raise awareness about sexual harassment. It soon became a movement with people from all quarters coming forward to share their experience of sexual assault.
There is a growing list of people coming out in the open to talk about sexual advances by big names like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, James Toback, Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner and Dustin Hoffman. Pakistani actress-model-singer Meesha Shafi also accused actor Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, a claim he has denied. Soon after, there were reports from eyewitnesses from the jam session, who rendered Meesha’s claims false.
(With inputs from IANS)