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Huma Qureshi says why #MeToo campaign is never going to happen in Bollywood

SNS | New Delhi |

The controversy on sexual harassment has been hovering over Hollywood since the last few months of 2017. Some women stood against sexual abuse on social media and started a trend with hashtag #MeToo.

More than 70 women including top actresses of Hollywood Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek accused Harvey Weinstein, who is the co-founder of the Miramax film studio, of sexual misconduct, whereas Harvey Weinstein has denied the allegations, even as he is being tried for his offences in the court of law.

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Now, Bollywood actor Huma Qureshi has opened up about #MeToo campaign and sexual harassment in the industry. She told PTI that it won’t happen in Bollywood unless senior female actors spoke up.

She said, “It’s not going to happen in Bollywood and the reason is, it worked in Hollywood because a lot of senior and respected actresses spoke about it. That’s what really gives the #MeToo movement a lot of momentum. I really hope and pray it happens in India. But I feel we should not wait for this campaign to happen just in the film industry, it should happen in all walks of life.”

Huma believes a number of factors are responsible in making the environment secure for women-be it in their portrayal on screen or empowering them. She said, “It’s a two-way thing. First, we should look at the representation of women in films. How we are looking at them. Then, of course, better role models for young girls who would empower them rather than degrade. There’s a 360-degree effort. It starts at home.”

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“The girls have to be equal to boys. If a woman comes out saying she has been abused or assaulted, we should not start finding flaws in her character, or try to dig up her past for murky details. Those are the things we should keep in mind.”

On the work front, Huma was recently seen in Rajinikanth’s Kaala and she has not announced her next project yet.