Richa Chadha is the actress who never shies away from making bold statements. On being asked in an interview about Hollywood carrying out an operation when Harvey Weinstein was blamed for sexual harassment. Can something along the same lines happen in the Hindi film industry? Actor Richa Chadha says she does not see it happening immediately, mainly because of the culture of victim-shaming in our country.
“I don’t see that happening immediately given the culture of naming and shaming in our country. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People, who you see making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, they will all come tumbling down,” she says.
Richa also says Bollywood is not the only industry we need to look at when it comes to sexual or power harassment. “It is very sexy to say, ‘Bollywood, ye gire hue log. They do this for work, they are just a cesspool for parties and all. We have a very fertile imagination when it comes to Bollywood. But we refuse to look at others. The press has a role in this – they should not be jumping on a hashtag. The press should be consistently creating a support system for the victim to come forward to say ‘this happened to me and he did that’. The judiciary has a role. I once met a rapist who said ‘mereko to bus saat saal ki sazaa hogi and then I am back to a normal life’, no remorse whatsoever.”
Talking about the new wave of content-driven cinema in Bollywood, Richa says, “It is a wrong notion that the demarcation of parallel and commercial cinema doesn’t exist anymore. The demarcation still exists in the minds of certain producers and directors in the industry. The lines are blurring, slowly.”
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