1. Atif Aslam performed and Mayurakshi won the best feature film award at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (Sg.Saiff)
  2. It is important to handle the #MeToo movement responsibly: Kriti Sanon
  3. #MeToo changed my definition of abuse: Natalie Portman
  4. Acting an emotionally draining, insecure profession: Parineeti
  5. Actor- files molestation complaint against Subhash Ghai
  6. Nushrat Bharucha defends director Luv Ranjan amid harassment claims
  7. Australian films will be screened in Indian film fests: Sidhu
  8. ‘Iron Fist’ canceled after two seasons at Netflix
  9. Film academy honors 19 student filmmakers
  10. Liam Neeson, Kate Walsh to star in thriller ‘Honest Thief’
  11. Women should be taken seriously and believed: Vicky Kaushal on #MeToo movement
  12. The Singapore South Asian Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF) launches the first edition of the South Asian Film Market (SAFM)
  13. Johnny Depp opens about ‘Fantastic Beasts’ casting row
  14. Hailee Steinfeld to host 2018 MTV EMA
  15. Ryan Coogler to write and direct ‘Black Panther 2’
  16. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra appears in court in copyright case
  17. Pakistan Film Producers Association calls for ban on Indian films
  18. Selena Gomez seeking treatment after suffering emotional breakdown
  19. It was his general attitude towards women that would disturb me: Bipasha on Sajid Khan
  20. ‘True Detective’ season three to premiere on January 13, 2019
  21. Aditi Mittal renders unconditional apology to Kaneez Surka, says intentions were not sexual
  22. Understand, respect Aamir’s decision: Subhash Kapoor
  23. Sona Mohapatra claims Kailash Kher sexually harassed her
  24. Harassment of women not limited to cinema: Gulzar
  25. It has been nucleus of my every situation: Vinta Nanda on allegations against Alok Nath
  26. Rishi Kapoor dismisses rumours about his grey hair
  27. Anurag Kashyap steps down as MAMI’s board member
  28. Jackie Chan to voice star in ‘Once Upon a Zodiac’
  29. Vikas Bahl sends legal notices to Kashyap, Motwan
  30. Cameron Monaghan announces departure from ‘Shameless’
  31. ‘Pahuna’ film I believed in from the word go: Priyanka Chopra
  32. Jessica Biel to feature in and produce ‘Limetown’ series
  33. Netflix series ‘Selection Day’ to premiere on December 28
  34. Impossible to work with any person guilty of such grave misconduct: Hrithik Roshan on Vikas Bahl
  35. Ready to reinvestigate case if Tanushree desires: CINTAA
  36. Dilip Kumar stable
  37. Katt Williams arrested on assault charges
  38. Nana Patekar cancels press conference
  39. Lena Dunham suffering from fibromyalgia
  40. Sincere efforts to provide media entertainment will only work (By: Kavita Meer)
  41. Box Office Disasters…. When will we learn? (By Kavita Meer)
  42. Billions earned, Producer gets none…. Where is the revenue going? (By: Kavita Meer)
  43. Humaramovie’s next Jaaon Kahan Bata Ae Dil to World Premiere in MAMI’s India Gold Competition
  44. Instead of #MeToo, it should be #YouToo for men: Shilpa
  45. Vikramaditya Motwane apologises for inaction in Vikas Bahl sexual harassment case
  46. There will never be a female 007, says Bond producer Barbara Broccoli
  47. I was ill-advised: Anurag Kashyap on allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Behl
  48. Simon Pegg boards cast of Amazon’s ‘The Boys’
  49. Keira Knightley says she had mental breakdown and PTSD at 22
  50. Nandita and Rima Das bond at the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (SGSAIFF)
  51. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature BHONSLE’s World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 received an outstanding reception from the audience
  52. Rani Mukerji to promote ‘Hichki’ in China
  53. #MeToo is about right vs wrong: Deepika Padukone
  54. Govt not biased towards Patekar, police will probe if plaint is filed: Minister
  55. One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women
  56. add add Ben Affleck thanks family after completing rehab stint
  57. Amy Schumer, Emily Ratajkowski arrested in Kavanaugh protests
  58. Justin Simien to direct Sylvia Robinson biopic
  59. Deepika Padukone to star in, produce film on acid attack survivor
  60. Maha police files case against Tanushree for comments against MNS chief
  61. UFO Moviez to releaseUnited Nations World Food Programme & SAWA cinema campaign #FeedOurFuture in 6500 screens
  62. Krishna Raj Kapoor kept vast family of celebrated individuals together: Bachchan
  63. Sam Claflin to star in ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot
  64. Pankaj Tripathi brings everyone together on sets: Shraddha Kapoor
  65. add add John Legend to release Christmas album
  66. Gandhi’s favourite ‘bhajan’ goes global, artists from 124 nations pay musical homage
  67. Michael Jackson wanted to play James Bond
  68. Hope fame won’t be short-lived, says Radhika Apte
  69. Gusto Worldwide Media Announces Sale of Original Series to ACCION
  70. Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of Raj Kapoor, dies at 87
  71. We were really close to official ‘Friends’ reunion: Kevin S Bright
  72. Desire to make movies had withered in me, says Mahesh Bhatt
  73. Kit Harington calls out toxic masculinity
  74. Posthumous Leonard Cohen LP in the works
  75. Can relate to Saina Nehwal’s journey, says Shraddha Kapoor
  76. Bradley Cooper won’t direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’
  77. I’m a calmer person today: Anushka on 10 years in Bollywood
  78. Gal Gadot in talks for ‘Death on the Nile’
  79. Kevin Spacey sued by masseur over alleged sexual assault in 2016
  80. Salma Hayek joins comedy film ‘Limited Partners’
  81. I haven’t received any legal notice from Nana Patekar: Tanushree Dutta
  82. 7th Dharamshala International Film Festival McLeod Ganj, 1 – 4 November 2018 announces its programming highlights
  83. Why Bill Cosby sentencing marks watershed moment for #MeToo
  84. Indian-American Padma Laksmi says she was raped at 16
  85. Anupam Kher-starrer “New Amsterdam” premiers Tuesday
  86. ‘Merey Pyare Prime Minister’ to release on December 14
  87. Sonu Sood honoured with Doctorate Degree of Taekwondo
  88. Salman Khan is my real-life hero: Warina Hussain
  89. I like to live on the edge: Radhika
  90. As an actor, you can’t keep concentrating on film’s business: Varun Dhawan
  91. Queen Latifah teases ‘Girls Trip’ sequel
  92. Richard Madden eyes Bond role
  93. Tone can’t change with preference to colour: Shilpa on facing racism at Sydney airport
  94. Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64, friends remember the filmmaker
  95. ‘Kingsman 3’ to release in 2019 with Matthew Vaughn attach to write, direct
  96. ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
  97. Gemma Chan happy with success of ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
  98. ‘Mohalla Assi’ motion poster: The Sunny Deol and Sakshi Tanwar starrer to release on November 16
  99. add add I’m a bad cop, Ajay’s good cop: Kajol on parenting
  100. Shahid Kapoor on getting boxed as ‘chocolate boy’: There were no options
  101. Netflix orders second season of ‘Insatiable’
  102. Jon Hamm wants to play Batman if story is good
  103. Halle Berry to make directorial debut with ‘Bruised’
  104. Amitabh Bachchan sends handwritten notes to Vicky Kaushal, Taapsee Pannu
  105. Never thought Nawazuddin would become such a huge star: Rajkumar Hirani
  106. Gusto TV to Launch on Free OTT Service XUMO
  107. Toronto premiere of National Award-winning filmmaker Rima Das’ BULBUL CAN SING screened to a packed house of audience
  108. French TV exports on the rise
  109. Ryan makes me feel strong and independent: Blake Lively
  110. Noel Gallagher turned down chance to feature on ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack
  111. Dilip Kumar in ICU, doing fine
  112. Never felt I have failed: Govinda
  113. Michael Caine joins Czech historical biopic ‘Medieval’
  114. Rapper Mac Miller dead at 26
  115. Academy postpones plans for new popular film Oscar category
  116. Don’t think I’ll get married again: Kalki Koechlin
  117. Venice premiere of Ivan Ayr’s debut feature SONI gets a standing ovation at the festival
  118. ‘Loveratri’ not demeaning any culture: Salman Khan
  119. Morgan Freeman will keep SAG Life Achievement Award after investigation
  120. I thank Shah Rukh for giving me Bigg Boss: Salman Khan
  121. Casting room was my training ground, says ‘Stree’ actor Abhishek Banerjee
  122. Govinda-starrer ‘Fryday’ to release on October 12
  123. Manoj Bajpayee’s next feature ‘Bhonsle’ to have its World Premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festival 2018 in ‘A Window on Asian Cinema’ section
  124. I won’t retire, says Paul McCartney
  125. Kangana best to take ‘Manikarnika’ forward: Kamal Jain
  126. Nandita Das’ MANTO starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui to open the 2nd edition of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival 2018 (Sg.SAIFF)
  127. Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi at the special screening of Once Again
  128. Film Fest Gent to close 45th edition with ‘Beautiful Boy’ by Felix van Groeningen
  129. I get scared easily, says Shraddha Kapoor
  130. Hrithik one of the most dignified people I have met: Disha Patani
  131. Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne’s father in ‘Joker’
  132. Jackson Odell died of accidental drug overdose
  133. UK box office summer report: surprising success despite hot weather and football
  134. Asia Argento denies sexual assault, says Anthony Bourdain paid off accuser
One year of #MeToo: Time to break the silence, say women

It has been a year since New York Times published its expose on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, taking the lid off sexual exploitation in the showbiz capital and marking that defining moment when women across the world, and in India too, came forward to say #MeToo.

That the debate in the Hindi film industry around Tanushree Dutta’s allegation that veteran actor Nana Patekar harassed her during a 2008 film shoot should be gathering steam a year after the NYT story on October 5, 2017 is coincidence perhaps. But the shout out to the powerful that the silence on the issue must be broken is not.

The Weinstein saga of sexual intimidation and harassment created a seismic shift in Hollywood’s gender politics and altered the landscape the world over, albeit in varying degrees.

It is tempting to conclude that Dutta’s allegation has heralded Bollywood’s #MeToo moment but that may be presumptuous, say industry insiders.

“While it is great that women are speaking up, it is also showing us how hard it is to actually break that silence and how and why so many women do not report cases of sexual harassment at the workplace or their experiences of sexual violence because they know that reporting is not only the means to relive the trauma but also face the new trauma of deniers who will slut shame you,” actor Swara Bhaskar told PTI

“I Believe Tanushree Dutta!”, actor Frieda Pinto declared.

“What you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up,” Pinto wrote in an Instagram post.

“Sacred Games” star Kubbra Sait believes the year has been one of tremendous change and strength.

“It’s been a year of coming forth, letting go of the bygones finding the courage to speak for what is right. I think the #MeToo movement is going to have a snowball effect,” Sait said.

Industry biggies like Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have faced severe criticism on social media for evading questions on Dutta’s allegations.

The support was slow but did finally come with Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Richa Chadha, Priyanka Chopra, Hansal Mehta and Anurag Kashyap speaking out in Dutta’s support.

“The #MeToo movement isn’t going away any time soon. It is here to stay. It is time to make men accountable for their actions and the trauma that is caused to the victims, men or women,” Chaddha said.

Backing Dutta, Union Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi said it was time for India to have its own #MeToo moment.

Patekar has denied the allegations and slapped Dutta with a notice. He has found support in Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Maharashtra minister Deepak Kesarkar.

But the winds of change have begun.

In a ripple effect, on Thursday, an allegation by a woman that an AIB member had sent her sexually explicit photographs opened the floodgates with several others coming forward with similar stories. This prompted noted stand up comics Varun Grover and Aditi Mittal to call him out.

Outside showbiz, many women across sectors have come forward to detail their experience of intimidation, assault and harassment.

The push back has also been severe with people like choreographer Saroj Khan, who said the casting couch has existed since time immemorial and it depends on how a woman behaves, being criticised for her views.

Bollywood has largely stayed unaffected by the naming and shaming aspect. This changed with Dutta coming forward.

The actor said the impact that #MeToo had in Hollywood was not felt in Bollywood.

According to sociopolitical activist Chanda Asani, the outrage is mostly happening on social media and the voices of people working on the ground is not really being heard.

“On sexual harassment, I think we are trying to put ourselves in the same rut patriarchy has put us in. It’s not just about the body – woman or man’s. The power structures need to change,” Asani said.

“… the ones who can ideally make the difference, they don’t care enough for it,” she added.

Emboldened by the many women who have shared their experiences over the years, a journalist, who did not want to be named, recently filed a harassment complaint against a colleague,

“You just wish to break the silence,” is how she put it.

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