Today (March 8) we celebrate International Women’s Day. And as we celebrate and embrace the female being in every form around us, last year has been nothing short of monumental for women’s rights and voice. Yes, the strong #MeToo movement that was trending globally, turned a nightmare for many men even here. To refresh your memory, the #MeToo movement is a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault at workplaces and this was a phenomenon that was catching other countries across the globe. In Hollywood, in October 2017 the #MeToo movement brought down the most powerful man in the Hollywood – Harvey Weinstein. Post those allegations, many more stories dated back to15/20 years also surfaced causing a ripple effect with multiple women coming out with their allegation on Weinstein and others like him in the industry.
Last year, the movement hit Bollywood and took down a lot of people with them. It also opened the conversation about the unsaid propositions and inappropriate behavior by the powerful preying on the vulnerable both in Bollywood and other industries followed. This women’s day we bring you 6 famous #MeToo stories that went on to show women in a stronger avatar. Read on…
Actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008. Though the accusation brought Tanushree major flak, they also helped blow the lid off many such hushed up cases and had many involved running for cover. While some accused got a clean chit, many others continue to be embroiled in the movement that has not even spared Hollywood biggies. And Bollywood’s proving that it’s not just a flash in the pan here either. Several names have either stepped down or have been asked to drop out from projects.
Saloni Chopra and Rachel White opened up about how Sajid was a predator. Journalist Karishma Upadhyay also revealed her shocking story. But it was Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Bose and Simran Puri’s accounts that were the final string in the case. Ashoke Pandit took up the case with the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) and Sajid has been suspended for a year. He even lost his director’s chair for Housefull 4.
Rajkumar Hirani seems to be reeling under the allegations of sexual misconduct that were made against him early this year. Following the complaint made against him by a female member of the technical team of Sanju, the filmmaker’s name was unceremoniously dropped from the credits as the co-producer of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s recent release, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. While the makers did not confirm at any point that Hirani’s ouster days before the release was due to the #MeToo allegations, they did not deny it either. But besides, losing out on the project, the allegations seem to be taking a heavier toll on Hirani.
Producer Vinita Nanda came out and shocked everyone by accusing long-time friend Alok Nath of rape. Vinita Nanda took to social media and shared stories of Alok Nath’s behavior on the sets of her mega-hit show Tara. Nanda spoke about how she was sexually assaulted by the actor one night. Nanda then filed a police complaint against the actor. The Internal Complaints Committee of IFTDA (Indian Film and Television Director’s Association) sprang into action intervening in the case and reasserting POSH guidelines.
Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment last year by a former employee of his production house Phantom Films. This alleged incident happened in Goa back in 2015. Phantom house partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditiya Motwane came out in support of these allegations and went a step forward and dissolved the production house altogether. Post this actress Kangana Ranaut also alleged that Bahl used to”bury his face in her” and hold her really tight”
The Jolly LLB director had a case of attempted rape and molestation filed against him by actress Geetika Tyagi in April 2014. The actress had filed a complaint against Kapoor with the Versova Police station, post which he was even arrested and then let off on bail.
While these are only some of the cases listed here, this wave of #MeToo movement is far more than naming and shaming perpetrators, but for the first time giving women the power to speak about alleged abuse or harassment. On the other side, men who are preying on the weak and vulnerable now know that they need to watch themselves and that the next #MeToo scandal could be them. While we are still a long way from living in an equally balanced society, this is a huge step in the right direction.
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Ajaz Khan arrested over a hate mongering video – details inside
Bigg Boss fame Ajaz Khan was arrested from his residence after complaint was filed against a video he shared instigating violence and hatred, more details inside…
Bigg Boss fame Ajaz Khan has gotten into yet another controversy over a video he shared on social media which instigated violence and hatred. Netizens found his video inappropriate and took some serious action against it.
As per reports, six days back a written application was filed by a local Mumbaikar against the actor alleging that the video disturbs peace and harmony, after which the Mumbai Police arrested Ajaz. Check out the tweet to see the video and learn about the arrest here:
— K Himaanshu Shuklaa (@khimaanshu) July 18, 2019
Even in the past Ajaz has been in news for the wrong reasons and as per some latest updates he will be presented in court tomorrow (July 19) morning. More details on the matter are awaited. Till then, stay tuned to CineBlitz for more news and updates.
Judgementall Hai Kya: Rajkummar Rao’s team claims that his stand about the ongoing controversy was misconstrued – details inside
Rajkummar Rao’s team has explained his take on the events that took an ugly turn during the movie’s song launch by saying that his answer was wrongly attributed, read on…
Recently, Rajkumar Rao starrer Judgemental Hai Kya promotions took an ugly turn when the actress of the movie bashed a journalist at an event. Since then, it has become difficult for other co-stars and filmmakers to keep up with the media. However, denying the actor’s support to such events, a source close to Rajkummar has issued a clarification.
Revealing that Raj has never supported or endorsed such actions, the source said in the statement that Rajkumar’s stand on the controversy was misquoted and misunderstood. “Rajkummar was never asked any question related to the press conference at the song launch of Judgemental Hai Kya. He answered an entirely different question, which was attributed as a response to another. He (Rajkummar) has always respected the media fraternity and has never had any issue with anyone whatsoever. In fact during the incident, Rajkummar even went up on the stage and tried to calm the situation down since he has always shared a warm equation with the media. He is a thorough professional and very sensible and prefers his work to do all the talking. So, there is no question of him giving an answer to a question which was never asked. It’s shocking that this has been misconstrued,” the statement read.
We hope that the controversy doesn’t affect the actor due to his co-star and the film releases without any further problems. Yesterday (July 10) even Balaji Telefilms, owned by Ekta Kapoor released an apology letter for the journalists. The film has been slated to release on July 26 this year. For more news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.
Sawara Bhaskar steps up in support of Shabana Azmi
Swara Bhaskar has extended her support to Shabana Azmi who landed into a controversy over her ‘anti-national’ remarks
Shabana Azmi landed in trouble recently for her remarks that didn’t go down well with Netizens. The Netizens started trolling her calling her anti-government. Shabana later took to Twitter and cleared her stand too claiming to be impartial towards any political party.
But now, supporting the veteran actress, social media activist and actress, Swara Bhaskar has extended her help and stepped up for Shabana replying to the trolls saying, “It is shameful how an artist of the profile & calibre of Shabana ma’am is being relentlessly targeted with fake allegations by people who have not contributed 1/100th of what she has to modern Indian popular culture and discourse. More power to you ma’am!” Check out the post here:
It is shameful how an artist of the profile & calibre of @AzmiShabana ma’am is being relentlessly targeted with fake allegations by people who have not contributed 1/100th of what she has to modern Indian popular culture and discourse. More power to you ma’am! ♥️♥️♥️ https://t.co/0P1onV1NcS
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) July 9, 2019
Shabana has been proving that she isn’t anti-government and time and again has criticized many Congress politicians as well. Explaining this she had tweeted: “Id like to remind pple that my father @AzmiKaifi RETURNED his Padmashri when Congress was at the Centre in protest against a UP minister who had said that those asking for Urdu to get 2nd language status shud b paraded on a donkey with their faces blackened.”
For more news and updates, stay tuned with CineBlitz.
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