Shortly after the media has been taken into storm over Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault allegations and Oscars academy's move to expel the Hollywood studio executive from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bollywood actor and director Pooja Bhatt once again stirred up the controversy with her tweet confirming Weinsteins exist in Bollywood too. But she admitted reproachfully that Bollywood would never follow into the academy's footsteps when it comes to matters like this.
Bhatt's accusations followed through several more of her tweets which brought forward serious felonies and injustices within the industry. “The producers associations have no unity & do not protect you when your titles get stolen from under your nose forcing you to go to court.” she said in another one of her tweets. Her bold revelations didn't exclude the small wage workers within the industry either. “The workers associations take money from daily wage workers to protect them but can't even get errant financiers to honour commitments.” was another accusation she brought to light.
Another allegation Bhatt brought forward was against Cabaret
director Bhusan Kumar stating, "Bhushan Kumar & WAVES have violated fundamental terms of my contract with them on CABARET. Copyright has been violated. Workers unpaid. Have sent them a notice, and have also complained to the association to ensure workers are paid. Nothing has happened so far. Nothing at all. In the meanwhile,T series continues to exploit the music of Cabaret
by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi, a first time music director on all platforms. If this can happen to me, it's certainly going to happen to a new filmmaker. People even afraid to report story as said people have 'contacts'.”
This might be a lot to take in at the first glance, but Bhatt's accusations do ring true to anyone who knows anything about the world of showbiz. When will more issues like this come into the scrutiny of the so called governing body, and more importantly, when will these be put to rest for good, time will tell.