It is been almost one month since a pair of investigative reports, first from the New York Times and then from the New Yorker, exposed decades of sexual harassment and assault claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. After this whole world has started speaking about sexual harassment, not only by Weinstein, by others as well. In this regard former censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani says people like Harvey Weinstein exist in Bollywood too, and need to be exposed.
Earlier some news agencies claimed that even Aishwarya Rai and Kalki Koechlin were the target of Weinstein once upon a time. And the list is not the short one. But Hollywood-Bollywood sweet heart Priyanka Chopra came up with a different note recently. In a recent interview Priyanka Chopra spoke up about the Weinstein element being prevalent everywhere including Bollywood.
Pahlaj Nihalani did not get surprised over her statement. Nihalani said, “Priyanka is right. There are Harvey Weinsteins in Bollywood too. They continue to exploit hapless strugglers because they are not held liable for their dirty deeds. This is the time to expose them.”
“I am not talking about actresses who do what they do to establish a foothold in the industry. I am talking about aspiring actors and actresses being forced to offer sexual favours in exchange for job opportunities. Bollywood has a very clear list of offenders who misuse their position,” added Nihalani.
Nihalani wants all victims to speak up, make a roar against them who are exploiting talents and making the industry polluted. He now intends to shout out their names at a press conference.
“But for that we need victims to come forward. We are in the process of getting together voices of the victims to speak up publicly. The time to nail the Harvey Weinsteins of Bollywood is now.
“I’ve always sided with the truth. When you have that on your side, you’ve nothing to fear,” he added.