The recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood bigwigs like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and Steven Seagal among others has brought to limelight the privileged positions these people have exploited over the years. Bollywood personalities have so far kept mum about the whole issue. In an interview with indianexpress.com, Rajkummar Rao shares his take on the whole issue, and why the victims don’t speak up here.
Rajkummar told us at indianexpress.com that he is quite sure that even Bollywood has sexual assault victims and that sexual predators must be all over.
The actor said, “I don’t know the reason why someone would not speak up about sexual harassment. I don’t know why it doesn’t happen here, but I am sure it exists not only in our industry, but every industry, it is there. I am sure it happens here. But we should definitely talk about it because your silence will only empower people. You have to voice your opinion, especially now since the times we are living in, it is so easy. You can put up a post on social media and people will support you.”
Rajkummar Rao also suggested that there should be ‘harsher’ punishments for people who are accused of sexual harassment. He said, “I just hope there are harsher punishments, like how in Hollywood the people whose work we idolised are discarded. We are seeing how people we have looked up to and were inspired by in our work, have suddenly just gone because there are such serious allegations against them. I really don’t know why it is not happening here.”
The actor still expressed surprise on why the victims haven’t spoken up already. He also thinks that one day when these victims do speak up, the whole industry needs to back them up and support them. “I’m not sure why it is not happening here, but when the victims finally speak up, we should support them. We should not be like ‘We can’t talk about it.’ The whole industry stood by these courageous women there. So, whenever it happens here, we will all support them, and not just say that ‘I can’t talk about it’s only because he or she are friends’. I don’t know when it will happen, or if it will ever happen, but we should be prepared to support it.” said the 35-year-old actor.