The #MeToo movement in India is certainly up and running. It is not only restricted to the film fraternity, but many organisations outside the industry have come out to support this movement. Phantom Films got dissolved after ‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual harassment by Kangana Ranaut. Also Aamir Khan, who earlier dodged questions on the Tanushree-Nana controversy, yesterday met with the Producers’ Guild in order to take strict actions against the accused. The latest to support this movement is FWICE.
On Wednesday, Federation of Western Cine India Employees (FWCIE) said that they will boycott Nana Patekar, Alok Nath and Vikas Bahl if they fail to respond to the show cause notices sent to them. They have to respond within 10 days. Ashoke Pandit (FWICE chief advisor) said, “Anyone who is found guilty of harassment of any kind, will be boycotted by the federation. No one from the federation will work with that person, howsoever he or she is powerful.”
“If Nana Patekar, Vikas Bahl and Alok Nath fail to respond to our show cause notices within 10 days, the federation will boycott them,” added Mr Pandit.
All this started from the #MeToo movement started by Tanushree. After Tanushree, actresses, female producers, directors, and even journalists shared their #MeToo stories on social media. Big names like Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher and Kanan Gill among others are now included in the list of culprits who’ve been accused of sexual misconduct.
With this movement, names from the industry as well as outside the industry have cropped up. We know in the coming days, more names are going to be in the news.