After the former actress accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn Ok Please, many women not only from Bollywood but from the other industries as well, have come forward and narrated their horrifying #MeToo stories. While many celebrities came out in support of the actress, some slammed her allegations and a few took a diplomatic stand on the case. Saroj Khan’s Statements about the Casting Couch Highlight How Women Are Forced to Normalise Abuse
While it takes a lot of courage to come forward and narrate their horrifying stories, there will always be some who will blame the innocent ones instead of showing solidarity to these women. The most recent one, who has rubbished the whole movement, is Bigg Boss 11 fame Shilpa Shinde. In a statement to Pinkvilla, the actress said, "It's rubbish. You have to take a call that time only, it's simple. You should speak about that matter that time only. Even I got a lesson. Jab hota hai, tabhi bolo - baad mei bolne ka koi faayeda nahi, it's useless. Baad mei aap voice raise karte ho, usko koi nahi sunega, just controversy hogi – nothing else. (Say it, when it happens, there and then. If you come forward to talk about this later, it won’t help and no one will listen). You have to take a call that time only when it happens and obviously, you need power."
The portal further quoted the actress, "This industry is not bad and it's not very good. Everywhere these things happen. I don't know why khud hi industry ka naam kharaab kar rahe hai. (why is everyone tarnishing the image of the industry). So those who are working and they got work – sab hi log kharaab hai? (Is everyone wrong?) Aisa nahi hai (It's not like that), it totally depends on you. Aapse saamne waala insaan kaise react karta hai, aap usko kaise answer karte ho. (how someone reacts to you and how you react to someone), it's totally a give and take policy. Women are speaking now but at that time too I said that there's no rape in this industry - zabardasti nahi hota. (it’s never forced) Whatever has happened in our industry, it's a mutual understanding. It's a mutual thing. If you are not ready to do that, just leave that thing."
Shilpa feels that the #MeToo Movement isn't gonna bring any change and in fact, things will remain just as they are now. The actress told the entertainment online portal, "Honestly I don't want to talk about it. I feel whatever is happening today - it's something different – nothing will be changed. It will go on and on and on. I don't know why they are spoiling our industry's name."
Instead of being concerned about the way the industry is treating their women, the actress was miffed with women for revealing the dirty secrets of the film industry. It is interesting to see how one fails to see that the actions of these exposed men have tarnished the image of the entertainment industry and not these revelations.