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Asrani calls Bollywood’s Me Too movement rubbish, not to be taken seriously

Sholay actor Asrani has said that 90% of the cases coming up as part of the MeToo movement are fake and a tactic to gain publicity.

bollywood Updated: Oct 11, 2018 11:35 IST
Asian News International
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Asrani has said that the accusations made my women against sexual harassment are ploys to gain attention.

As the #MeToo movement is sweeping the entertainment industry in India, Bollywood veteran Asrani has dubbed it as “rubbish.”

The 77-year-old actor feels that all this is just for promotions. Speaking to ANI, he said, “I support women, everyone should, but all this is mostly for publicity, part of film promotions and nothing else. All this is rubbish, and 90 per cent lie, just to sell it to magazines and for popularity.”

He termed the accusations against various actors as ‘filmy things’. “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 #MeToo movement began a year ago in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published various stories about decades-long predation of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The movement gained pace in India after Tanushree Dutta accused Nata Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number for Horn Okk Pleasss in 2008. Following the revelation, many more such cases have come to the fore with filmmaker Vikas Bahl, and actors Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath being levelled with similar allegations.

Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Tappsee Pannu, Pooja Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha among several others, had earlier spoken in support of the movement.

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First Published: Oct 11, 2018 11:35 IST