Veteran actor Asrani ridicules #MeToo; believes it’s done for promotions

The #MeToo wave that is sweeping the entertainment industry in India, has been ridiculed by the Bollywood veteran Asrani. The 77-year-old actor believes that all of this is done for mere promotions.

“I support women, everyone should, but all this is mostly for publicity, part of film promotions and nothing else. All this is rubbish, and 90 per cent lie, just to sell it to magazines and for popularity.”, he told ANI.

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He termed the entire act of coming out and accusing the actors as ‘filmy things’.

“Accusations and blames are all filmy things. Mere accusations mean nothing, don’t take this seriously. If you publish Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, no one will read it but if it’s Madhuri Dixit’s or Madhubala’s autobiography people will come and read it,” said Asrani.

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The #MeToo India movement gathered momentum after Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number for the movie ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’ in 2008. Following the allegation, a number of cases of sexual harassment have come forth including Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, and AIB co- founder Tanmay Bhat and comedian Gursimran Khamba.

The #MeToo has its roots in Hollywood where it began in 2017, after various stories were published about decades – long predatory behaviour of the movie producer Harvey Weinstein, by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

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