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Zoya Akhtar on #MeToo: “Women are Not Asking For Much, Only That They Should be Safe in their Workplace”

Gully Boy director Zoya Akhtar has opened-up on her stance on the #MeToo movement. 

She says: “I think the movement has helped to give women in the industry a lot of self-confidence.

Many women didn’t even know they were being harassed; many were confused.

Even men in many cases didn’t know their behaviour was inappropriate. Now they do.”

After the movement Bollywood had to upgrade up their policies.

“That’s a big step ahead for women’s safety.

It is by law compulsory now to have a committee for the safety of women in every production house.

Women are not asking for much, only that they should be safe in their workplace.”

Now several production houses have decided to not employ women.

Commenting on it Zoya says: “That’s very sad.

It speaks volumes about the work ethics of the production companies which have taken this decision.

They would rather not have the invaluable contribution women bring to their work process that provides a safe work environment to women.

I feel that these production houses are lazy and they are sexist.”

After delivering critically acclaimed movies like Dil Dhadakne Do and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara among others, Zoya Akhtar has established herself as one of the foremost directors of contemporary times.

Even her web-series Made In Heaven has impressed many as it tackles several issues/topics in society today.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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