'If Bollywood names sex predators, We will LOSE HEROES'
Richa Chadha makes some startling confessions
Hyderabad: Richa Chadha is one of the few Bollywood stars who calls a spade, a spade. The 'Masaan' actress has never shied away from voicing her opinions for issues that matter. In the past, Chadha had made some controversial statements and she is back again with some sensational confessions.
In a recent interview, Richa was asked that, taking a lesson from Hollywood stars, who executed a sensational operation of naming and shaming Harvey Weinstein for inflicting sexual abuse, will Bollywood also come forward and mention names?
To this the actress said that she does not see it coming immediately considering our culture of victim-blaming, but she thinks this will happen in the next 4-5 years.
"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."
The actress also explains that, because Bollywood stars don't get royalty unlike Hollywood, she will choose to stay silent.
"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," added Richa. If someone suffers the loss of livelihood apart from emotional trauma, why will they come forward? In Hollywood,it is easier as actors get royalty."
She also quashed the whole idea of 'Bollywood does not speak up,' and appreciated the ones who have started speaking on the issue.
"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."
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