In the wake of the Me Too movement, actress Dia Mirza came out in support of Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi after Lara Dutta refused an offer to work with Mukesh Chhabra’s digital platform and told them she wouldn’t accept work through this company. Mukesh Chhabra has been accused of sexual harassment and yesterday, he was suspended from the film Kizie Aur Manny.
With each passing day, the Me Too movement is gaining momentum- thanks to women finally taking a stand and coming out in the open naming and shaming the sexual predators. In one of the latest development, former Miss Universe Lara Dutta’s husband, Mahesh Bhupathi, took to social media and shared his thoughts on the Me Too movement. He lauded his wife’s move and said that society must treat these people as guilty and people should stop engaging with all the accused. Mahesh wrote, “Two days ago my wife, who’s shooting out of town, got an offer from a leading international digital platform through Mukesh Chhabra’s company. She forwarded it to me for my feedback. I asked if she really wanted to empower his company even after what’s been in the news. Her reaction was that the digital platform hadn’t really pulled back business from him either. Later, Lara got in touch with the digital platform and told them she wouldn’t accept work through this company specifically. I think she did the right thing. I am not sure it’s enough though.”
After Mukesh Chhabra was suspended from the film Kizie Aur Manny amidst sexual harassment allegations, Lara Dutta stepped aside from an assignment being handled by his firm. Thanks to all the big wigs from world of Bollywood for taking a stand, the Me Too movement is turning out to be a historic movement in the Indian film industry. But what is note-worthy is that B-town celebs are supporting their colleagues and extending their solidarity towards the victim. In one such case, post sexual harassment allegations, actor Dia Mirza had openly bashed director Sajid Khan and called him ‘obnoxious, extremely sexist and ridiculous’ after Sajid was accused of sexual harassment.