When boss gets too close: movies on sexual misconduct

Chitrangada Singh and Arjun Rampal in a still from Inkaar.

Before he made his film on sexual harassment, director Sudhir Mishra said it was all pervasive.

As the world of media becomes the latest victim with Tehelka founder-editor accepting to sexual misconduct, we look at four movies which dealt with the issue both in Bollywood and the West.

Inkaar: A social worker is asked to investigate sexual misconduct charges against Rahul (Arjun Rampal), the alpha male CEO of an advertising agency. His former protégé Maya (Chitrangada Singh) is the one accusing him. The film explores the grey zone as Arjun and Chitrangada's characters recall the story in a series of flashbacks. Made by Sudhir Mishra, the film was blamed for diluting the serious nature of the topic.

Aitraaz: A syrupy tale which is more masala then a social statement, Aitraaz has Akshay Kumar (Raj) and Kareena Kapoor (Priya) as a married couple. Enter Sonia (Priyanka Chopra) as Akshay's boss' wife who is also his former flame. After Raj refuses her sexual advances, she accuses him of rape. Raj turns the tables on her and sues her for sexual harassment with Priya as his lawyer.

Disclosure: A trendsetter of sorts, this film had Michael Douglas in the lead with Demi Moore as his boss/ex-girlfriend. Moore wants to revisit their relationship but Douglas is a family man now and wants no part in it. Scorned and seething, Moore accuses Douglas of sexually harassing her. The film explored how vulnerable a man can be in such a situation.

North Country: A fictionalised account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner. Charlize Theron plays the lead character who won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.


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