Tanushree Dutta, the Bollywood actor who helped trigger the #MeToo movement in India challenging sexual harassment and abuse sees it as part of her religious education after an experience 10 years ago she said effectively ended her career. “I feel God used me to start something which had to happen,” Tanushree Dutta told Reuters. “All these women had this buried deep in their hearts out of shame.”
Watch the first ever reactions from the film fraternity as the controversy emerged-
Things that happened in the industry once this became the #MeToo Movement of India-
Top of the list is the dissolution of production house Phantom Films, after co-founder Vikas Bahl was accused by a female employee of sexual harassment and the company took more than a year to respond.
First to be impacted would probably be Phantom’s immediate line-up of films, all co-produced along with Reliance Entertainment, with which it has had a 50:50 joint venture since 2015. There is the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 (directed by Bahl himself), a biopic on Bihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar; ’83, a period drama on India’s cricket World Cup victory; and a comedy titled Ghoomketu featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The last mentioned, has finished shoot.
That means, trade experts say, the films will now be taken to culmination by Reliance alone, which now owns 100% share in what was earlier a combined business and which was anyway the parent company funding the projects with Phantom merely looking after creative execution of the films.
Saif Ali Khan, said there had been several conversations about Sacred Games in the wake of the Phantom Films row. “There was a terrible scandal concerning Kevin Spacey and he had a show House of Cards, the show is going on but Spacey is not there. Let that be a clue. Why should I bear the brunt and even why anyone of us who are not twisted or molesters?” Khan told PTI.
Phantom is not the only Bollywood firm reeling from the impact of #MeToo. Yash Raj Films fired Ashish Patil, vice-president of brand partnerships and talent management and head of its youth wing, Y-Films, after an aspiring actor accused him of sexual misconduct. Many accusations followed.
Filmmaker Sajid Khan, too, announced his decision to step down as director of upcoming comedy Housefull 4. Housefull 3 director Farhad Samji will now helm the new project. Sajid was accused of sexual harassment by several actresses.
Aamir Khan Productions has backed out of director Subhash Kapoor’s biopic on Gulshan Kumar titled Mogul. Kapoor had been accused of molestation by actor Geetika Tyagi in 2014. Also recently, Bhushan Kumar was accused by an anonymous victim and he denied the allegations.
Bollywood talent manager and co-founder of talent management agency Kwan, Anirban Das Blah, has been asked to quit after four women accused him of sexual harassment according to a Mid Day report. After KWAN, Deepika Padukone’s The Live Laugh Love Foundation expels Anirban Blah following sexual harassment claims. A statement issued by the foundation read, “In light of the recent allegations of inappropriate conduct brought against our Trustee Anirban Das Blah, Mr Blah has tendered his resignation to The Board of Trustees”..
The credibility, honesty and associations of a lot of big stars are being questioned right now? Stars are hiding behind their wives, filmmakers are avoiding public interactions, but the storm has hit. This has taken a toll on the movie business and rumors are rife that there are more going to come in the way of the storm of this undying Me Too Movement!