Star couple Ajay Devgn and Kajol agree that #MeToo movement has given voices to many in the country and did bring a change in the industry. However, they feel that the allegations under this movement should be backed by proper investigation. The actors were talking at an event in Mumbai when they were asked to share their views on the impact of the movement.
News agency IANS quoted Ajay saying, “Look, there are good people and bad people in every industry. So, people should know that in the first place. Then I would also like to mention that it is good that many stories are coming out (in the public), but one also has to understand that while most of the accounts are possibly real, some might have taken advantage of the gaining momentum. Therefore, an investigation is needed.”
He added that a good cause should not paint the film industry as a bad place for people who want to work here. Ajay said, “When people take advantage of the movement, it harms the purpose of the actual cause. Not all people are bad. But if we are only projecting one side, the next generation might get scared to step into the industry. That is why it is important to be responsible.”
His wife and actor, Kajol talked about the better utilisation of social media in such cases. She said, “You (people) have the huge power of the digital medium, so do not discount that. Do not think that if you are not a big name, you will face injustice. You as common people have the power to put out your story and people will hear you.”
The latest name from the industry to have come under the scanner of #MeToo movement is that of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani. A female assistant who worked with him on Sanju has alleged that Hirani sexually harassed her over a period of six months while shooting for the film.