Dia Mirza on #MeToo: I have been accused of being asexual and unattractive
Bollywood actors Dia Mirza and Swara Bhaskar have always been outspoken about issues and topics that have created controversies in Bollywood. At the recently held &Privé Soirée, both the actors along with National Film Award winning documentarian Anand Patwardhan introduced the film Weinstein: The Inside Story.
The screening was followed by a riveting discussion about a story which led to the #MeToo revolution in the entertainment industry and how women are possibly worst to their own gender who experience sexual harassment. Dia Mirza revealed "I have been accused of all kinds of things, from being asexual to being unattractive, to being difficult, to everything. Every possible word has been used to describe my behaviour, but it never altered my idea of how I needed to conduct myself. The reason why #MeToo and #TimesUp has gathered momentum is because women recognised the power of supporting each other. I think more and more women who identify and support their own gender will help in changing the narrative."
The former beauty queen also spoke about striking a balance between safety and freedom for women, saying it is important to be responsible about one's own safety while pursuing a career. Raanjhanaa actor, Swara added, "Sometimes the whole onus of being safe falls on women in such a way that we become increasingly restrictive. And for me a way to do that is to claim and not back down. I will claim the spaces which are deemed unsafe in an intelligent way. I love this slogan, 'women unite, take the night'."