The fall of movie-mogul Harvey Weinstien can be attributed to be a success for the Me-too movement. While the movement was gathering pace in the Western world, it also saw ripple-effect in Indian Sub-continent , leading to the question that weather the movement has finally hit the Indian shores. Entertainment industry like Bollywood has its fair share of problems, some of them are well documented and are regularly discussed including the likes of nepotism, casting couch, unequal power-dynamics etc. An industry which is fueled with a lot of money, aesthetics and high profile parties, the basic decency, human behavior sometimes take a backseat.
When actor Tanushree Dutta talked about her alleged harassment in 2008 by a co-star, the movement seemed to have gotten a start. It was followed by several high profile allegations. A sitting minister of the cabinet, a comedian from the big entertainment house that was famous with the youth, and numerous countless junior artists and countless other people who came out and talked about how they have suffered from hands of their abusers who are in position to abuse them. The money and the near helplessness of the artists who are struggling to make a career, and in some cases from the hands of larger than life stars, the victims have no other option but to stay quiet about their stories.
With the advent of Me-too and the rising awareness of safety at the workplace, the victims seem to getting a platform to raise their voice. In an industry that operates in near complete anarchy, such movement gives a helping hand to the victims of the abuse to come out and hopefully change the discourse of safety where there are proper code of conduct and the victims get proper channels to come out against their abusers.
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