With the #MeToo movement in India picking up a steady pace, many have come out with their concerns for their family and friends who are working in the film industry. One such person is Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, whose daughter Sara Ali Khan is gearing up for her acting debut. Speaking about the movement, Saif said that he feels nobody will have the guts to mess with any of his family members.
In an exclusive interview with IANS, Saif said that it could be because his family members have protection around them, adding that it is important to protect those who are vulnerable.
“It is a very unequal society. I don’t think anyone will misbehave with my people… I don’t know why I feel like this, but be it my mother or sister or wife, I feel people will not have the guts to do that with them. It might be because they have certain protection around them. So, we have to protect the ladies who don’t have that protection around them or that aura that protects them. We have to make the place safe for the vulnerable ladies,” Saif said.
The 48-year-old actor has urged people to respect everyone as he feels there’s more to life than “getting sh*t from each other”.
“We have to come to a situation where women feel safe enough to complain immediately and matters will be taken seriously. I hope the #MeToo movement stays in future and does not die down because it will create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone,” he said.
Apart from the #MeToo wave, the Dil Chahta Hai actor expressed concern over the growing paparazzi culture in India. He wondered how people could be so interested in his two-year-old son Taimur Ali Khan’s life.
“Media’s constant attention to him does not really bother me, but it would be better if it was not there. If the media likes it, people like it, I am okay with it; but I won’t be interested in someone else’s kids so much. On one level, it is nice that he makes people laugh and smile; but on another level, why is so much attention given to a kid? Why are we so interested in a little kid so much? I don’t understand it,” he said with a smile.
On the acting front, Saif has been on a roll. After wooing the audience with his role as a police officer in Sacred Games, his latest film Baazaar sees him portray a rich Gujarati stock trader.