"We’re Not Ready For It" - Sushmita Sen On Bollywood's #MeToo Movement

Shravan Shah , 08 Oct 2018
Sushmita Sen
Sushmita Sen

The #MeToo movement began in Bollywood after Tanushree Dutta spoke about being sexually harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss 10 years ago. Tanushree’s revelation started a storm in Bollywood post which a lot of women are speaking about their predators in public. While many Bollywood actors have already shared their view on the Tanushree case, the recent one to talk about it was Sushmita Sen. Sushmita was speaking at the at the Outlook Speak Out 2018 event and said that India wasn’t ready for the moment.

Sushmita said,

I was reading an interview of Tanushree Dutta this morning and she is right that it isn’t about the coming of a #MeToo campaign. By all means, it will come and it will go. It is far deeper. It’s a mindset. To change that, you’re looking at an entirely new generation being raised and being educated to believe in their rights and responsibilities. So, I don’t think a campaign will do it. We’re not ready for that yet.

Sushmita also spoke that it was not about the industry but it also concerns women in all sectors.

But as far as I am concerned, I think it’s time we stop treating everything as a problem of a sector, it is a basic human right. To live a dignified life and that concerns everyone. It isn’t just about film industry because you are talking about an actor; it isn’t about the person from the media industry because it’s only related to media. Women exist in all sectors today and thank god for that. Their safety and their integrity is very much everyone’s responsibility.

What are your thoughts about it?

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