Richa Chadha, the actor who is awaiting the release of her Hindi film Madam Chief Minister, spoke about working with the film’s director Subhash Kapoor, who was accused of sexual misconduct during the #MeToo movement, and said that she doesn’t believe in media trials.
MJ Akbar, former External Affairs Minister, on Tuesday made his final submission to a Delhi court, which is hearing the case of criminal defamation against senior journalist Priya Ramani, reported Bar and Bench.
After facing backlash over a recent comment on the #MeToo movement, actor Mukesh Khanna on Sunday posted a video on social media and stated: “I am not against women working”.
Singer Chinmayi Sripada on Tuesday took to Twitter to share an account of sexual harassment by lyricist Vairamuthu, adding to the number of cases of #MeToo movement in the Tamil film industry against the lyricist.
On Friday, Silverscreen India published a long-form article comprising the accounts of women who accused poet-lyricist Vairamuthu of sexual harassment. The article dwelled upon his sordid modus operandi and how he still continues to be revered by the industry despite knowing these ‘open secrets’ for years.
Harper Collins recently announced the release of its latest book, My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. The novel talks about sexual abuse, but, covers a lot of grey areas since the book is told in flashback about a 32-year-old woman who is forced to revisit her first sexual relationship.
Actor Chetan, who is the Founder and Secretary of the FIRE (Film Industry for Rights and Equality) committee, which aims to tackle sexual harassment of women in the Kannada film industry, however, believes that it’s false to think that the #Metoo movement has not gained as much traction in the Kannada Film Industry (KFI) as compared to other industries. “Several women– both prominent and not– from all departments have taken stances against sexual harassment in their own capacities.
The piece mentioned a cast member of Sumukhi’s other show, Better Life Foundation, Utsav Chakraborty to highlight the fact that it is no longer streaming on Hotstar.It said, “Better Life Foundation has been pulled out of Hotstar following several #Metoo allegations against cast member Utsav Chakraborty”.
07 March 2020, Saturday, marked the cross-examination of director Susi Ganesan in the 9th Metropolitan Magistrates court in Saidapet, Chennai. Susi has filed a criminal defamation case against independent filmmaker Leena Manimekalai, about her Facebook post accusing him of sexual assault published during the #MeToo movement. The case reached trial stage last week, presided by Judge Mohanambal S. Susi Ganesan himself took stand as prosecution witness 1.
Singers Neha Bhasin, Sona Mahapatra and Shweta Pandit have come out against Sony Television’s move to reinstate Bollywood music composer Anu Malik, against whom there were multiple #MeToo allegations last year, as a judge on their reality show Indian Idol. In a series of tweets, the singers spoke about Malik’s predatory nature, and slammed the television industry for facilitating sexual harassers.
Neha Bhasin, in a tweet posted on October 30, accused Anu Malik of sexually harassing her fifteen years ago, when she was 21. “We do live in a very sexist world. Anu Malik is a predator. I too have run away from his strange moves when I was 21. I didn’t let myself get into a sticky situation beyond him lying on a sofa in front of me talking about my eyes in a studio. I fled lying,” wrote Bhasin on Twitter. “I fled lying my mum’s waiting below. He even messaged and called me after that to which I stopped responding. The point is I went to give him my CD and hoped for a chance at a song. He was older and shouldn’t have behaved the way he did.”
The men accused of sexual harassment and misconduct in the Indian #MeToo movement, especially in the entertainment space are back in prestigious big-ticket projects, even as the women continue to face backlash and boycott.It is not just that he was named in #MeToo but also that one of the most vocal voices of the Indian #MeToo movement and one of the women who came out in public against him, Chinmayi faced severe backlash for speaking up.
In the midst of all the excitement at the festival, Leena also made time to talk to Silverscreen about her new film Maadathy (which she conceived, researched, wrote, produced, directed and is now distributing), on raising funds on Facebook, fighting the good fight with the censor board, #MeToo and its effect on her well-being, and more…
The criminal defamation case filed by director Susi Ganesan against filmmaker Leena Manimekalai, who accused him of sexual harassment during the MeToo movement last year, will be heard tomorrow at 10 am at the Saidapet Magistrate Court in Chennai.
Director Susi Ganesan has filed a defamation suit against filmmaker Leena Manimekalai, who accused him of sexual harassment during MeToo in October last year.
Actress Shalu Shamu, who was last seen in Mr Local, shared her MeToo story on Instagram recently and said that the director of an upcoming film with Vijay Deverakonda asked her for sexual favours if she wanted a role in his film.
The film #MeToo, starring Irudhi Suttru fame Ritika Singh, has landed in trouble with the censor board. Directed by the US-based debutant filmmaker Harsh Vardhan, the movie was completed seven months ago but is yet to gain a clearance from the board.
Actress Tanushree Dutta has written a short film titled Inspiration, based on #MeToo allegations made by women against celebrities in Bollywood. Tanushree plays the role of a ‘guardian angel’ who helps others make the right decision to speak up about sexual harassment in cinema.
Four months after singer Chinmayi Sripada tweeted anonymous #MeToo allegations singer Karthik, he has responded to it. On Monday Karthik issued a statement via Twitter saying that he hadn’t harassed or hurt anybody, or ignored their consent. He fully supports #MeToo and if there’s truth to anyone’s allegations he was willing to face legal action.
The latest of Rajeev Masand’s roundtables for CNN-News18 was with Hindi cinema’s newcomers of 2018. Zoya Hussain, Sara Ali Khan, Ishaan Khatter, Radhika Madan, and Janhvi Kapoor, the actors who had their first films release last year, were part of the roundtable. They spoke about the debates over nepotism and social media validation among other things.
Malayalam director Lal Jose said that he thinks twice before employing women in his movies in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. Responding to a question, Lal Jose said that he was afraid of getting into some kind of trouble.
Actor Arvind Swami said at an event recently that we can’t punish people who have made #MeToo allegations, even though we don’t have more information about the allegations. He said not maybe many from the Tamil film industry have spoken in support of the movement.
Radha Ravi says Chinmayi and other women who spoke out about their experiences with sexual abuse and harassment as part of the #MeToo movement did so to blackmail them. In conversation with Silverscreen, Radha Ravi says that the entire #MeToo movement that began in October this year, is made up of women who want to extort money from celebrities.
Actress Revathy slammed Mohanlal for calling the #MeToo movement a fad. The actor, during a press meet in the UAE last week, had labelled the movement a trend while also saying that things were fine in the Malayalam film industry.
Prakash Raj called out Mohanlal for the latter’s recent comments on #MeToo, and said Mohanlal should have been more responsible and supportive of the movement.
Actress Poorna says #MeToo is an act of self shaming.