Weighing in on the MeToo movement, actor Jackie Shroff says it is difficult for him to comment on some of the stories because they involve his colleagues.
On the sidelines of the screening of his latest short film The Playboy Mr. Sawhney, Jackie was asked to comment on how the movement has unfolded in the Hindi film industry and also on the fact that men like Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar resigned from their films amid allegations against them.
Jackie Shroff said, “It’s so unfortunate that all my colleagues are fighting. They are my co-actors. Washing their dirty linen in public and people are watching and enjoying it, trying to be (holy). Look into your own eyes. Look what you have been through.”
“Why are people having this immense interest in watching what others are doing? It’s an unfortunate thing happening at the moment,” he added.
While Sajid stepped down from the director’s chair of Housefull 4, Nana, who had an important role in the comedy, followed suit.
Jackie further told reporters, “I don’t want to fan it. If they take (these men) in their films or don’t, it’s their call. If they don’t remove them, there might be an agitation. People will say ‘why not remove them’. So let it rest.”
Later in a conversation with indianexpress.com, Jackie Shroff was asked if he would personally take a stand to not work with sexual offenders, the actor said, “They aren’t working anyway now. No one’s working with them. My thing is if something is out in open, then let law take the course. Let’s not dilute it by just talking about it.”
The actor, who is the father of Tiger Shroff and Krishna Shroff, also said that the one advice he has always given his daughter is to give back to a man when he makes her uncomfortable. “I have told her to slap him there and then. Women shouldn’t feel intimidated just because the men are in some higher position,” he said.