Filmmaker Karan Johar feels that even after being at a privileged position if he can’t help women to fight sexual predators in his own industry, everything is in vain. The filmmaker, in his latest interview with a news website, has mentioned that during #MeToo, it was disturbing for him to hear the harassment stories.
Talking about his reaction to the names from the industry being accused under the movement, Karan told Huff Post India, “The movement has led to tremendous accountability in the environment I occupy. When I read the narratives, it was heartbreaking. It was saddening. Sometimes you know about stuff around you and you brush it under the carpet and say that’s not my thing. But it is your thing because you have to be socially accountable to your fraternity.”
He added that women have played a major role in his upbringing and he is a feminist. Karan went on to say that he is aware of everything that’s happening at his office and will never encourage anything with even a hint of sexual harassment at the workplace. Karan said, “Women have always been, I’m not generalising, but respecting a woman than a man has always been important for me. I have been raised by my mom and my aunts and they’ve always been cooler than any men in my life. It’s natural to me. I am a feminist. When I hear of these incidents, it makes my stomach churn. It makes me feel like, if we’re at a privileged position and we cannot take charge of this, then what’s the point of any of this?”
Recently, the appearance of cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on his chat show invited a major controversy. The cricketers were slammed for their anti-women comments on the show and Karan was also dragged for maintaining silence and joining his guests over a laugh when they were making sexist statements. Karan also spoke about the same in the interview and said, “I have to say that I feel very responsible because it was my show, it was my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussion of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many sleepless nights just wondering about how I can undo this damage, who is going to listen to me. It’s now gone into a zone which is beyond my control.”