Why Bollywood Will Never Have Its #MeToo Moment


Why Bollywood Will Never Have Its #MeToo Moment

Illustration: Akshita Monga


ast year, my colleagues went to film a video with a bunch of Bollywood’s rather outspoken actresses, where they were given a startling piece of information. The actresses let slip that a certain star kid had a penchant for sending unwanted, lewd drunk sexts to a host of young actresses. They asserted that it wouldn’t be too long before the star kid was publicly outed, in the fashion of Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement.

This detail seemed to be common knowledge, a secret that had been in the open for an inordinately long time. Yet, months after that admission, the star kid in question, continues to be in Bollywood, his smooth delivery of one flop after another unwrinkled, his career intact. And his transgressions? They find a mention only in Bollywood’s whisper networks, perhaps meriting an occasional paragraph in a newspaper blind item.