WE MUST LIS­TEN TO VIC­TIMS: HUMA

#MeToo is the most rel­e­vant re­cent move­ment in In­dia, be­lieves the ac­tor

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Ac­tor Huma Qureshi thinks it’s brave of women to come out and talk about their sex­ual ha­rass­ment or rape sto­ries, say­ing that the #MeToo move­ment will bring pos­i­tive change in the coun­try. She also urges peo­ple to “lis­ten to the vic­tims”, and not turn away from their ex­pe­ri­ences.

“I think #MeToo is the most rel­e­vant move­ment that has hap­pened in re­cent times in In­dia as far as women are con­cerned. And I think it’s amaz­ing but heart­break­ing to hear sto­ries about stuff that women — and sup­pos­edly pow­er­ful and suc­cess­ful women — go through ev­ery sin­gle day,” says the ac­tor.

The Kaala ac­tor points out, “Re­cently, I saw a pic­ture of (pop su­per­star) Lady Gaga where she wore a pant suit. At the event, she spoke about the fact that she wanted to wear pants be­cause she has been a vic­tim of sex­ual as­sault and that she still doesn’t have the guts to talk about it. Now that’s some­thing to think about.

“I think there’s some­thing to take away from that, and I say, more power to all the women who are choos­ing to talk about it. It’s very brave and I think we must really get up and lis­ten to them be­cause we aren’t lis­ten­ing to them.”

Af­ter hit­ting Hol­ly­wood, the #MeToo wave in Bol­ly­wood has seen per­son­al­i­ties like Nana Patekar, Vikas Bahl, Kailash Kher, Ra­jat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Anu Ma­lik, and Sa­jid Khan named and shamed.

Huma feels that the #MeToo move­ment is here to stay. “I hope and I pray that it’ll re­sult in a lot of pos­i­tive changes for not just our film in­dus­try but for the world and the coun­try at large,” says the ac­tor.

It’s amaz­ing but heart­break­ing to hear sto­ries about stuff that women go through ev­ery sin­gle day. HUMA QURESHI AC­TOR

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