Richa Chadha on sexual abuse: says Bollywood will lose many heroes if we start talking about sexual abuse.
Many allegations by a lot of women on Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on sexual abuse started a massive clean-up operation in Hollywood with #MeToo protests and more. Can something along the same lines happen in Bollywood? Richa Chadha on sexual abuse
Bollywood actress Richa Chadha says that she doesn’t see this happening in our country due to the victim-shaming agenda here.
Richa Chadha on sexual abuse
“I don’t see that happening immediately given the culture of naming and shaming in our country. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People, who you see making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, they will all come tumbling down,” she says in an interview
“We will lose a lot of heroes and several people will lose their lives’ work, their legacies. I think that’s what people will attack — they can’t attack them monetarily so they will go after the legacies. And it will happen, I would think in the next four-five years,” she also adds to her statements.
Richa also says Bollywood is not the only industry we need to look at when it comes to sexual or power harassment. “It is very sexy to say, ‘Bollywood, ye gire hue log. They do this for work, they are just a cesspool for parties and all. We have a very fertile imagination when it comes to Bollywood. But we refuse to look at others. The press has a role in this – they should not be jumping on a hashtag. The press should be consistently creating a support system for the victim to come forward to say ‘this happened to me and he did that’. The judiciary has a role. I once met a rapist who said ‘mereko to bus saat saal ki sazaa hogi and then I am back to a normal life’, no remorse whatsoever.”
Richa is also getting ready for her next movie, Fukrey Returns that releases on December 8. Talking about her new movie she also said, “The film is fun and the story has moved forward. We took time as we wanted to make a story as good as the first one and this one has turned out be a better. They took time to write it, perfect it, tie up loose ends.”
In an interview she also asked about the role she liked to play she said she liked to do comedy. She also said: “I always look for good parts to play but that’s not always possible. Really good work is not easy to come by. My favourite genre is comedy because it doesn’t take a toll on me. It is so fulfilling and light. I say no to a lot of dark stuff, like trafficking drugs in the body, because I feel those roles take a toll on the actor.”