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#MeToo movement in India: Bollywood actor Kalki Koechlin says there will be collateral damage, but it’s necessary

Kalki said the current
mood of the film industry is of introspection with the aim to
create a safer place for women to work. (File photo: IE)

Actor Kalki Koechlin says #MeToo movement could lead to
“collateral damage” but it is an absolute necessity to sanitise
working spaces.

The #MeToo movement has rocked the film industry with several
names such as Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl
and Mukesh Chabbra, among others being called out for their
behaviour and alleged sexual harassment of their female
colleagues.

“A lot of people are collateral damage. One of my films is not
in MAMI while another project is on hold. These are the things
we have to accept… But it’s a necessary thing right now. Things
need to be fine tuned and changed and if it makes us more
sensitive then it’s good,” Kalki told PTI.

The actor’s close friends and associate — Vikramaditya Motwane
and Anurag Kashyap — have been accused of inaction; an
allegation which they strictly deny, when an employee of their
now dissolved production house Phantom Films spoke about sexual
harassment by Bahl.

Kalki, however, refrained from commenting on specific cases.

“I don’t think I can comment on other people. I don’t know the
details of the cases, so it’s not my place to make a comment,”
she said.

When asked if dissociating from people who have been called out
for their behaviour is the way forward, Kalki said it’s a
“tricky question.”

“Each case and each crime is different. Someone who has raped
and molested will have a much more severe punishment but
someone who has sent texts and harassed someone sexually
through text messages… Each crime has a different punishment.

“It’s very important that the due process, the investigation is
allowed to happen by agencies. They need to be allowed to do
their jobs and find out what is the deserving punishment for
each case.”

Kalki said the current mood of the film industry is of
introspection with the aim to create a safer place for women to
work.

“All of us are introspecting. The result is only going to be a
cleaner, safer environment at work. It’s a time to introspect
and think how can we implement those things. I’m doing a play
and my director sent me a contract on sexual harassment.

“So developments like these are good. It means we will be
sensitised, how to behave, if we are feeling uncomfortable, we
would know who to complain to, what to do and all of that. It’s
a productive time in terms of the change,” she added.

Kalki will next be seen on Eros Now’s web series “Smoke”.

The crime-thriller premiered at MIPCOM, Cannes under the ‘Made
in India’ category. The 11-episode series will stream from
October 26.

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