The #MeToo movement in India has seen a good number of skeletons popping out of the closet, with most of the allegations being against Bollywood celebrities. Veteran actor Alok Nath and filmmaker Sajid Khan were two such individuals, who had allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against them. The film industry has taken notice of it, and the associations have also sent notices to both of them.
The Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), along with its mother body, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) have said that they will take a decision regarding the sexual harassment charges made against Sajid and Alok within a week. However, where the Tanushree Dutta vs Nana Patekar case is concerned, it depends on membership.
“We cannot handle the case as both Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar are a member of CINTAA. One of the parties should be our member. We have cases of Sajid Khan and Vinta Nanda and we have taken there cases. As far as Sajid’s case is concerned we have heard both the parties, Sajid and the girls. ICC will sit in a week’s time and take a call on the judgment and the federation will be there, along with the lawyers,” PTI quoted president of IFTDA, Ashoke Pandit, as saying.
“We heard Vinta day before yesterday, ICC heard her. Alok Nath has not come, we have informed him thrice. His lawyer has send a letter saying, he will not attend. If he wants to, he will attend the office bearer meeting of IFTDA, which is not possible. ICC will take a call, both the decisions will be made within a week,” Ashoke said.
Ashoke said both FWICE and IFTDA are aggressively working towards building an atmosphere in the industry that is clean and workable.
“We are creating awareness and that arrogance of power will not be allowed. We have women in lot of departments, not just acting. We are entering into mass media and education institutions that are related to our industry. We want to make next generation aware about these things. The workplace has to be safe, formal, and dignified. We know the mission will take time,” he added.