The nation really wants to know the name of the producer, Rajeev Image: Twitter
Raise your hands if you agree that Bollywood (films and the industry) has sexism rooted deep in it and it's a through-and-through patriarchal set-up.
We live in a post-Harvey Weinstein world, but Bollywood still hasn't been able to start its own #MeToo movement successfully. And we know it in our hearts that it wouldn't ever. Sad but true. So, in an industry where the casting couch is accepted to be normal and sexism is rampant, do you think people can openly call out producers who normalise such behaviour? We don't think so.
And re-establishing our faith in that statement is film critic Rajeev Masand's latest tweet. Rajeev took to Twitter to share an image of a sexist toilet sign at a producer's house.
By the looks of it, it's a unisex toilet with a man peeking over the wall to, err, watch women pee? It's shameful and violates a woman's right to privacy by its mere design. He asks, “How is this ok?”
Film critic, Rajeev Masand Image: Twitter
But, which producer? He didn't take any names. And how is that okay, Rajeev? Okay, so you did bring it to people's notice. But what after that?
While some were busy playing the guessing game, naming every producer on the tweet-thread, some were furious and challenged Rajeev to call out the man. But we doubt that's ever going to happen.
Oh, and then there are people who justified it as 'humourous' and asked people to chill the hell out. Wow! *eye-rolls*
Mallika Dua shot down a guy who was trying to justify the "humour" in it.
But Rajeev, did get praise from this girl.
Why is he afraid to take names? Well, some even tried to reason that he needs to thrive and survive in the same industry.
So, there you have it – the primary reason why tinsel-towners will never be able to spearhead a powerful #MeToo-like movement here in India. People are afraid to take names, call them out in the open. It's considered a mess no one wants to clean up. Cuz, we know how ugly the other side of the glamorous facade is.
Good on you that you pointed out sexism, it would've been even better if you had just gone ahead and revealed the name. We're surprised he hasn't been asked to take the tweet down. Yet.