Richa Chadha on Bollywood's sexual harassers: Will name-shame them if safety, career security is ensured
Richa Chadha was attacked by several people for a blog post, who hauled her up for not naming and shaming sexual harassers in Bollywood.
The past few months have been witness to shocking revelations, after Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually harassing over 80 actresses . Women from all over the globe came forward and shared their stories of horror too.
It's no secret that Bollywood has its share of murky Harvey Weinsteins too. Many actresses like Swara Bhaskar and Tisca Chopra, have shared their experiences, without naming the perpetrators. While many feel that it is necessary to name and shame, others don't agree. Richa Chadha has had some strong opinions in this matter.
Richa Chadha says it is indeed brave of people to accept that sexual harassment in Bollywood, but one cannot name and shame, as there is no guarantee of having a secure career, after that.
The Fukrey Returns actress was attacked for a blog post, regarding the sexual harassment situation. Feminists hauled her up for not "naming and shaming" sexual harassers in Bollywood.
"If you give me pension for life, take care of my safety, my family, ensure I'll continue to get work in films and TV or whatever I want to do, my career will grow unabated as it is right now after I name and shame somebody, sure I will. Not just me, million others will do that. But who will do it?" Richa said recently.
Richa feels that the film industry lacks a proper system that can ensure safety to the victims and survivors of sexual harassment.
"Every time someone speaks there are repercussions. Whoever is speaking out people are like 'oh you've to name and shame.' If the press knows who is doing this, why not let it out? Every time we take a step, there is a backlash. The ecosystem and the structure of the industry needs to change. We don't have royalties here for actors, in absence of proper legislations, who will take a risk?" added Richa.
Meanwhile, Richa is excited as her film Fukrey Returns has received a terrific response and is doing extremely well on its opening weekend. Within two days, the film's total collection already stands at Rs 19.40 crore.
Richa reprised her role as Bholi Punjaban, in the sequel to the 2013 sleeper hit, Fukrey.