Though we are population crazy about film stars we cannot deny that since its inception Bollywood has always had this bad reputation and has been called names.Thanks to the infamous casting couch incidents where directors who more than the talent of an artist, mainly cast a person on the basis of their looks and how much skin they can show.Sexual abuse has always been prevalent in Bollywood.

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Most of the time heroines tend to suppress these incidents because of the fear of a big name being involved. Recall the famous #metoo movement,all of which started because of one brave lady who dared to raise voice against the sexual harassment she faced at the hands of famous Hollywood producer Harry Weinstein, after which many others opened up about their abuse and Hollywood went into total shock because of big names like big names like Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner popping up.

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In similar fashion, in an interview given to Hindustan times actress, Richa Chadda feels that if Bollywood women too open up about the abuse they face then Bollywood could lose many heroes.She also felt that she does not see it happening immediately, mainly because of the culture of victim-shaming in our country.

“I don’t see that happening immediately given the culture of naming and shaming in our country. But when it happens, as it is happening in Hollywood right now, the entire power structure will change. People, who you see making feminist films and claiming to be progressive etc, they will all come tumbling down,” she says.

“We will lose a lot of heroes and several people will lose their lives’ work, their legacies. I think that’s what people will attack — they can’t attack them monetarily so they will go after the legacies. And it will happen, I would think in the next four-five years,” she added.

She also tells that people in Bollywood are afraid to speak up because they might end up losing their livelihood.

After her statement Twiterrati have gone berserk, debating the issue, few tweets received a reply from Richa who further justified her stance


She also highlighted the fact that Bollywood is not the only place where sexual harassment is prevalent

“It is very sexy to say, ‘Bollywood, ye gire hue log. They do this for work, they are just a cesspool for parties and all. We have a very fertile imagination when it comes to Bollywood.

But we refuse to look at others. The press has a role in this – they should not be jumping on a hashtag. The press should be consistently creating a support system for the victim to come forward to say ‘this happened to me and he did that’. The judiciary has a role. I once met a rapist who said ‘mereko to bus saat saal ki sazaa hogi and then I am back to a normal life’, no remorse whatsoever

In this hour, when sexual harassment is more prevalent than before we need voices like Richa who boldly stand against the wrongdoings and stand affirm on their decisions.

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