Kajol believes men ‘took seven steps back’ after MeToo India: ‘Everything was and is still being done cautiously’

Kajol and her Devi co-star Shruti Haasan talk about the effects of Me Too in India, how things changed after the allegations surfaced.
Devi star casts Shruti Hassan and Kajol pose for a photo at the premiere of the film organized by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, in Mumbai on Monday.(ANI)
Devi star casts Shruti Hassan and Kajol pose for a photo at the premiere of the film organized by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films, in Mumbai on Monday.(ANI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2020 09:43 AM IST
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Press Trust of India | By HT Correspondent

Bollywood actor Kajol on Monday said there is a difference in how women on film sets are treated post the #MeToo movement, with men being more conscious of their behaviour and aware of consent. The Me Too movement, which began in Hollywood, gained momentum in India in 2018, with women calling out journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers. M J Akbar, Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl and Rajat Kapoor were some of the prominent names that faced the allegations.

Asked if women on film sets are treated differently post the #MeToo movement, Kajol told reporters, “Yes there is a difference. And I wouldn’t say it’s only on film sets. To be very honest, if you ask any man anywhere, after the #MeToo movement took a life of its own and embroiled a lot of very well known people in it, I think somewhere down the line, men -- good, bad, indifferent -- took seven steps back.”

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The actor said this was a much necessary step and the difference is visible. “Everything was and is still being done cautiously and with a lot more thought. I think more than good or bad, there’s a lot of thought put into everybody’s daily interactions whether it’s on a set or in an office environment.” Kajol was speaking at the screening of the short film Devi.

Actor Shruti Haasan, who was present at the launch, said after the #MeToo movement, she saw a co-passenger on a flight reading a manual on ‘Physical proximity and how to behave in that space’. “Like she (Kajol) said, the awareness that somebody is questioning and you are answerable. That applies to human behaviour in general... Quite honestly, I didn’t think that India would take it to that level, so big and it made me really proud that people had the courage to come out and speak up.”

Devi chronicles stories of nine women coming from different walks of life and features an ensemble cast of Neha Dhupia, Neena Kulkarni, Mukta Barve, Shivani Raghuvanshi, Sandhya Mhatre, Rama Joshi and Rashaswini Dayama.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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