Actor Huma Qureshi has opened up about #MeToo campaign and sexual harassment in the industry. The actor told PTI that it won’t happen in Bollywood unless senior female actors speak up.
The actor told PTI in an interview, “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.”
The Gangs of Wasseypur actor said that many women don’t share their stories because there’s no safe environment for that. The actor even stated that whenever a female shares her story about being assaulted, people should not question her character or dig up her past.
“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. 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,” said Huma.