As #MeToo Movement in India has created an atmosphere of fear, prominent Malayalam film director Lal Jose is now wary of hiring women in his team. Yes, you read that right. In a recent interview, the filmmaker, who was among the first to defend Malayalam actor Dileep in the assault case, expressed his views on #MeToo Movement as he said that he would hesitate to work with women in future. Recently, while promoting his film Thattumpurath Achuthan, the filmmaker opined that it was unnecessary for women to talk about what happened 20 years ago. "How necessary is to make a revelation that someone misbehaved with you 20 years ago when the man in question may be in different circumstances now? There are genuine cases, but many are not," said during a YouTube talk show. Mohanlal’s #MeToo Controversy: Revathy Slams Her Former Co-Star For Calling The Movement a Fad!
Sharing one such incident, Lal spoke about how a popular photographer was accused of sexual misconduct by his former colleague, which eventually turned out to be a false accusation. He further added, "When I am on sets, sometimes I am angry and sometimes friendly. I talk to men and women in the same way. But not necessarily everyone will take my behaviour in a good sense. This movement has created fear but the concern here is if the fear is for good or for bad."
Lal expressed his fear of getting in some kind of trouble and said that he now thinks twice before hiring women in his team. Lal is not the first person to to express his displeasure over #MeToo Movement. Earlier, many others, including superstar Mohanlal, had rubbished the campaign. The actor had said that "#MeToo is a mere fad that has a short lifespan." However, Mohanlal was severely criticised for his comments.
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With this #MeToo Movement being started in our country, many women had come forward and called out the names of men, who sexually harassed and molested them. Big names like Rajat Kapoor, Vikas Bahl, Zulfi Syed, Kailash Kher, and Alok Nath have been accused for sexual misconduct. Watch this space for further updates.