I LOST PROJECTS FOR NOT GIV­ING IN: TISCA CHO­PRA

Ac­tor Tisca Cho­pra prefers not tak­ing names, as she doesn’t want her story to turn into en­ter­tain­ment

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - CITY | ENTERTAINMENT - Shreya Mukher­jee ■ shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com

In the wake of the #metoo move­ment, an old video of ac­tor Tisca Cho­pra, where she spoke about her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, has gone vi­ral. In the video, the ac­tor is speak­ing about how a film­maker had propo­si­tioned her, some­one she does not want to name.

Well, this is not the first time that she had faced such a sit­u­a­tion. “There have been in­ci­dents when peo­ple have tried to make me feel that ‘you are not fit­ting in to the groups’ be­cause I was not giv­ing into their de­mands. And each time, I used [my] sense of hu­mour as a tool,” says Tisca, adding that she had to pay a price for it.

“Due to this, I was thrown out of projects, but not any more! Once you are suc­cess­ful, peo­ple as­sume that now you have power,” she adds.

Re­port­edly, the man in ques­tion in her video is film­maker Rakesh Roshan. Given the cur­rent wave of #Metoo, would she now want to name and shame the wrong do­ers? “It’s too much in the past. [But], I’d like to very much say that we know who they are… Such things hap­pen ev­ery­where, but the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try is al­ways in fo­cus be­cause of the en­ter­tain­ment quo­tient. That’s the rea­son I don’t want to take [any] name... I don’t want it to be­come en­ter­tain­ing,” says Tisca.

The ac­tor feels that it’s about time that preda­tors get scared. “When I en­tered films, it was re­ally bad for women, not just in terms of how they were ex­ploited but also how they were por­trayed. Women were sim­ply flower pots or used for the sake of adding siz­zle and oomph, as if be­ing sex ob­ject is the only rel­e­vance they have in the life of a man. From there we have moved for­ward in sup­port of the #metoo move­ment. The men­tal­ity of bul­ly­ing girls who are shar­ing true sto­ries must end,” con­cludes Tisca.

PHOTO: VI­RAL BHAYANI

Ac­tor Tisca Cho­pra is happy that the film in­dus­try is mov­ing away from the time when women were only ‘used to add oomph’

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