Bollywood’s Expanding #MeToo Movement Hits Productions

The #MeToo movement arrived late in India. But it is a juggernaut that is here to stay, and is having a measurable effect on production.

Aamir Khan Productions is to withdraw from a film where one of the filmmakers is accused of harassment in a 2014 case that is currently sub-judice. “This is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change,” actor/producer Aamir Khan and producer Kiran Rao tweeted in a joint statement. “For far too long women have borne the brunt of sexual exploitation. It has to stop.”

The movement kicked off with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing veteran actor Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of “Horn ‘OK’ Pleasss” in 2008, an allegation she made then and again last week. This was followed by harassment allegations against Phantom Films founding partner Vikas Bahl by an employee. That led to the dissolution of the company. Popular actor Hrithik Roshan who stars in Bahl’s “Super 30” has asked the producers to take stock of the facts. The fate of the second season of Netflix show “Sacred Games”, produced by Phantom, remains unclear.

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