“I used the ‘I’ as an example to indicate that whistle-blowers don’t have support from the ecosystem,” said Richa Chadha
Actress Richa Chadha clarified in tweets on Sunday that her recent comments on casting couch in Bollywood did not refer to her personal experiences in the industry but to all who experienced sexual harassment. “I don’t need security. I used the ‘I’ as an example to indicate that whistle-blowers don’t have support from the ecosystem. Putting an end to this confusion once n for all. I have nothing to REVEAL. Plz leave me alone about this,” Richa tweeted. In a recent interview with PTI, Richa appeared to say that she and several of her colleagues will be willing to “name and shame” the Harvey Weinsteins of Bollywood if security is promised.
“If you give me the 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?” PTI quoted Richa as saying. “We don’t have royalties here for actors, in absence of proper legislation, who will take a risk?” she added.
In a separate tweet on Sunday, Richa Chadha also referred to her blog about the ‘#MeToo’ campaign and said: “I made the mistake of writing a blog so I wouldn’t Be questioned as an authority on the subject of sexual harassment. It’s an epidemic that needs to end but still waiting for a compassionate, thoughtful, concrete discussion on it. All we get is click bait. My film is a hit, is waqt to baksh dijiye sab log.” Richa Chadha’s new movie Fukrey Returns released on Friday.
In her blog, written in October, she condemned incidents of sexual harassment in angry words, writing: “Not all men, but #ALLWOMEN I know have experienced gender violence or molestation one way or another. This shouldn’t it be the only way of life women know. Are you human and hence born from a woman? How are you not embarrassed?”
Richa Chadha’s Fukrey Returns is performing really well at the box office – it’s scored almost Rs. 20 crores in two days. The actress co-stars with Pulkit Samrat and her rumored boyfriend Ali Fazal in the movie.