As the #MeToo movement is gaining momentum and more and more women are talking about the sexual harassment they have faced, Bollywood’s veteran comedian Asrani on Thursday called it a mere publicity stunt.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Asrani said though he supports women this campaign, with regard to Bollywood, shouldn’t be taken seriously.
I support women, everyone should, but all this is mostly for publicity, part of film promotions and nothing else. Mere accusations mean nothing, don't take this seriously: Asrani on #metoo in Bollywood.
"Accusations and blames are all filmy things. Mere accusations mean nothing, don't take this seriously. If you publish Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, no one will read it but if it's Madhuri Dixit's or Madhubala's autobiography people will come and read it," the 77-year-old actor said as quoted by ANI.
The #MeToo movement gained momentum last year in Hollywood after various stories about decades-long predation of movie producer Harvey Weinstein came to the fore. In India, it gathered pace after actor Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of the 2008-film Horn ‘OK’ Please!!!