Asrani rubbishes #Metoo, says it is only for promotion

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 12:12 hrs
Asrani

As the #MeToo movement is sweeping the entertainment industry in India, Bollywood veteran Asrani has dubbed it as "rubbish."

The 77-year-old actor feels that all this is just for promotions. Speaking to ANI, he said, "I support women, everyone should, but all this is mostly for publicity, part of film promotions and nothing else. All this is rubbish, and 90 per cent lie, just to sell it to magazines and for popularity."

He termed the accusations against various actors as 'filmy things'."Accusations and blames are all filmy things. Mere accusations mean nothing, don't take this seriously. If you publish Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, no one will read it but if it's Madhuri Dixit's or Madhubala's autobiography people will come and read it."

The #MeToo movement began a year ago in Hollywood after The New York Times and The New Yorker published various stories about decades-long predation of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The movement gained pace in India after Tanushree Dutta accused Nata Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number for Horn Okk Pleasss in 2008. Following the revelation, many more such cases have come to the fore with filmmaker Vikas Bahl, and actors Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath being levelled with similar allegations.

Bollywood celebrities like Mahesh Bhatt, Tappsee Pannu, Pooja Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha among several others, had earlier spoken in support of the movement.

Read Related Stories:

#MeToo fallout: Aamir Khan steps away from film

Tanushree Dutta files FIR against Nana Patekar, others

#MeToo stories are heartbreaking: Shweta Bachchan Nanda

Now is the time to speak up: Parineeti on #MeToo

#MeToo: Top Bollywood body sends notices to Patekar, Bahl, Alok Nath

Sneha Rajani, Ekta Kapoor in committee to tackle sexual harassment issues

#Metoo: Woman comedian accuses another of forceful kissing

#MeToo: Film associations act against artistes accused of sexual harassment

Vairamuthu responds to Chinmayi's sexual harassment allegations

Vikas Bahl slaps legal notices on Anurag, Vikramaditya

#Metoo: Sandhya Mridul accuses Alok Nath of sexual harassment

Anurag feels like apologising for being a man, exits MAMI board

First time in 20 years, I am feeling fearless: Vinta Nanda

We should look into harassment cases seriously: Kay Kay Menon

Women should definitely speak up when they are wronged: Sonakshi Sinha

Have faced harassment in Bollywood and south film world: Amyra Dastur

Tanushree submits documents to support harassment claims

Tanushree-Nana row: MSCW issues notice to Patekar

Radha Ravi faces the heat from #MeToo movement

Nana Patekar cancels press meet on Tanushree Dutta's allegation

#MeToo movement will make Bollywood safer: Anurag Basu

#MeToo movement gets stronger in Kollywood, shocking allegations against Vairamuthu!

#MeToo movement-Actor Mukesh faces shocking charges from a casting director

Samantha lends support to #MeToo movement

In #MeToo wake, Producers Guild of India to set up committee

MAMI drops AIB, Rajat Kapoor's films from fest's line-up

#MeToo movement-Actor Mukesh faces shocking charges from a casting director

CINTAA to issue notice to Alok Nath post sexual harassment allegations

#MeToo is final awakening of Indian women: Mahesh Bhatt

BJP MP backs Nana Patekar, says India's #MeToo start of wrong practice



More from Sify: