Much has been said about the #MeToo movement in India, and more is yet to come after so many were named for the offences that they had committed. Some have faced action for the sexual abuse allegations that had come up against them, while some have gone missing from the scene altogether. But whatever be the case, the movement has seen some changes among the men folk in India, as actor Ranveer Singh pointed out.
Ranveer, who was at the Times Network India Economic Conclave 2018, spoke about the movement being nothing short of a revolution and that it has impacted the thinking of Indian men, though there is still a lot to be learned.
“The #MeToo movement was historic, revolutionary. It has made guys take stock and think, and that itself is a big thing. It has been hugely impactful and significant,” Ranveer had said.
“It was happening all too fast, quickly. It was a revolution. You had perpetrators who aren’t working anymore. It made a huge impact from where I stand. In my perception, what the movement should have done, I think it has. It has changed to a large extent the way men think. Every man thinks twice, they are afraid. They think if they do something wrong, it is going to be called out. It had made a huge impact at the ground level,” he stated.
The Padmavaat actor was also asked about his thoughts on consent, and according to him, some men feel entitled and it is deeply ingrained in them, which needs to change.
“We have, for the longest time, lived in a patriarchal society. Men feel very entitled in their species, in my surroundings at least. Fortunately, I have had an upbringing, my father has always been out, so I was raised by four women, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, so I have a different way of looking at it,” he said.
“I also studied in America where gender dynamics are very different, the outlook and view on sex is very different. I have had that kind of exposure. I have seen guys who have a sense of entitlement that is deeply ingrained in them and they laugh at you if you tell them otherwise,” he said.
Ranveer feels that for things to change and for people to understand the true meaning of consent, India needs to educate its citizens about what is fundamentally right.
“These things have to start from foundational, fundamental level. Parents need to pass on to kids and schools to students. What you understand of the world and the interactions while growing up,” he added.
The #MeToo movement hit India when Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct while they were shooting for a song for their 2008 film Horn Ok Pleassss. A number of high-profile men such as MJ Akbar, Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Justin Das and, most recently, artist Subodh Gupta have been outed in India’s #MeToo movement.