The raging #MeToo controversy is now interfering with shooting sequences in Bollywood. In a queer twist, actor Dilip Tahil demanded that an actress sign a declaration and record a video byte before shooting a rape sequence for a film. Yes, it appears that actors of Bollywood are seriously scared about what allegation they will have to face when they do intimate or violent scenes with women!
According to a report in Navbharat Times, Dalip initially refused to enact the scene depicting sexual assault. However, he later agreed to shoot for it after the makers convinced him. However, he then demanded a confirmation letter from the actress featuring in the scene stating that she is comfortable shooting for it and is doing so without any pressure. Apparently, Dalip wasn't satisfied with the written consent and asked for visual proof as well.
As per a report in FilmiBeat, after shooting the scene, he also asked the actress to record her statement on the camera wherein it was stated that she performed that particular scene without any pressure and that she was satisfied with the security measures on the sets. Such declarations are unheard of in Bollywood. Evidently, makers don’t want to take a chance.
The #metoo controversy blew up when Tanushree Dutta revealed the harassment she had to undergo at the hands of Nana Patekar 10 years ago. Ever since, a number of celebrities as well as not-so-famous women, some of who chose to be anonymous, came out detailing their own stories. From filmmakers like Vikas Bahl, Rajat Kapoor, Subhash Ghai and Sajid Khan to composers like Anu Malik and actors like Alok Nath, the list of predators who have been exposed are long. The result is that most of them have lost prestigious projects while others have been named and shamed on social media