Remember blockbuster film Sholay’s Angrezon ke Zamane Ke Jailer? Yes, the role was played by popular actor Asrani is in news. Not for his any upcoming film but for his shocking statement against the most happening thing currently, i.e MeToo movement in Bollywood.
Its the actress Tanushree Dutta who brought the MeToo waves in the Bollywood by openly accusing Nana Patekar of sexual offender. After Tanushree Dutta, many women have come out to share their sexual offence stories they faced at workplace or other places. Many other actresses and models have come forward naming and shaming their perpetrators in Bollywood. However, veteran actor Asrani has now called the #MeToo movement ‘rubbish’.
Yes, the 77-year-old actor says many of the women are doing it to grab attention as well as for the promotions and publicity. While talking to ANI, he told,
“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 percent lie, just to sell it to magazines and for popularity. 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.”
Till now, since the Tanushree sparked MeToo in Bollywood, many prominent names like Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl and Rajat Kapoor have been accused of sexual harassment. However, Asrani has termed the accusations against various actors as ‘filmy things’.
But many of the Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Tapsee Pannu, Priyanka Chopra, Koena Mitra, Pooja Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Raveena Tandon and Sonakshi Sinha among several others, had earlier spoken in support of the movement.