Radhika Apte and Usha Jadhav speak about the sexual abuse present in the Indian film industry which will soon be a part of a BBC documentary which will be aired on this Saturday and Sunday. Read here to know what they have to say.
Radhika Apte’s chronicle why victims are too scared to come forward?
The Padman actress Radhika Apte speaks up about the sexual harassment prevalent in the Indian film industry along with why she feels victims are too scared to come forward. She says that there is silence in Bollywood because the stars here are too powerful and respected. It is because of that people keep mum as they feel they will not be believed upon or their career would be finished. When asked by the BBC spokes person Rajini Vaidyanathan, about what she feels about the #Me Too campaign, Radhika said that its amazing that men and women have come together in Hollywood with an intention that they would not let this happen and she wishes that the same could come here.
Usha Jadhav says its common to ask for sexual favours in industry.
Marathi actress Usha Jadhav who is also a part of the documentary says that it is common for she powerful men in the Film Industry to ask for sexual favours. She narrates one such incidence that occurred with her saying she was told that she would have to give something in return for the opportunity she has recieved. She then narrates the incident saying:
“I SAID SOMETHING ON THE LINES OF, ‘WHAT? I DON’T HAVE MONEY’. HE SAID, ‘NO, NO, NO, NO. IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY, IT’S ABOUT YOU SLEEPING WITH, MAYBE IT CAN BE A PRODUCER, MAYBE IT CAN BE A DIRECTOR, IT CAN BE BOTH TOO,”
Experience of an aspiring 25 year old actress.
Vaidyanathan has interviewed a number of actors who were asked for the unwanted favours. One such documented is about a 25 year old budding actress who left her small village with a dream to become an actress. She reveals that she was molested number of times including the very first time when she met the casting agent. She quotes:
“HE STARTED TELLING ME THAT FOR AN ACTRESS, YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE SEX AS AND, WHEN POSSIBLE, AND EMBRACE YOUR SEXUALITY, HE TOUCHED ME WHEREVER HE WANTED, HE KISSED ME WHEREVER HE WANTE D AND I WAS SHOCKED. HE PUT HIS HAND INSIDE MY CLOTHES SO I ASKED HIM TO STOP AND HE SAID: DO YOU KNOW WHAT, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO WORK IN THIS INDUSTRY I DON’T THINK YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT ATTITUDE,”
It’s very shocking to know that all this is prevalent in our own glamour world. The documentary would be aired worldwide on Saturday and Sunday.