WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 20, 2018, 08.18 PM
Ever since the #MeToo movement gained momentum in India, many celebrities have come out spoken in support of the movement. Stars like Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan have categorically refused to work with those who have been accused of sexual misconduct. And while most have spoken in support of the movement, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has called the movement a mere 'fad' with a short lifespan.
“There is no big problem in the Malayalam industry. You shouldn’t think of the #MeToo as a movement actually. It is a fad and it is turning into something of a fashion. Anything like that will have a lifespan for a bit,” Mohanlal was quoted as saying at a press conference in Dubai in a report in Gulf News.
The actor was in UAE to launch his charity fundraiser Onnanu Nammal, which is scheduled to take place on December 7. When Gulf News further prodded him about thoughts on the #MeToo movement, the actor said that he “doesn’t know much about it.”
The actor was quick to add that even men too would have their share of #MeToo stories to recount. The actor then added he will not comment on the matter as he felt that those who have experienced harassment should speak about it.
Incidentally, Mohanlal is the president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), the primary film body of Kerala which itself has received a lot of flak for reinstating actor Dileep's membership. The move was perceived as anti-women as Dileep is a prime accused in the abduction and molestation case of a Malayalam actress. The actor is currently out on bail.
The Women In Cinema Collective (WCC) has even announced an open revolt against all-powerful AMMA accusing it of failing to protect the interests of its female members.
“There is no big problem in the Malayalam industry," claimed the actor commenting on the #MeToo movement.