Filmmaker and ex-CBFC cheif Pahlaj Nihalani has made a remark on the Harvey Weinstein case that has stunned Hollywood. Nihalani told that there are people like Harvey Weinstein in Bollywood, too, and that it is time for them to get exposed! Speaking to a tabloid, Nihalani revealed, “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.”
The former censor chief board further specified that there is a very clear list of offenders in Bollywood who indulge in misusing their positions.
Harvey Weinstein is a Hollywood producer who was accused by actresses Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne, Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and numerous others of alleged sexual harassment and rape. Weinstein even confessed to some of the instances but maintained that all were consensual encounters.
On the Weinstein controversy, actress Priyanka Chopra, who has worked in Hollywood, also told that people like Weinstein are present everywhere, including in Bollywood. Nihalani agreed with Priyanka and further added, “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.”
Nihalani said that he wishes to divulge the names of such sexual predators in Bollywood by shouting their names. He is shocked that the actresses in the Hindi film industry have not yet spoken up.
Pahlaj was quoted telling that such people in the industry can be exposed but for that, the victims need to come forward. He further added, “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.”