Actress Shenaz Treasury feels sexual harassment is a reality — whether it is Hollywood or Bollywood, and says she has ‘experienced it first-hand’.
“Whether it’s Hollywood or Bollywood, sexual harassment is a reality. I’ve experienced it first-hand and I know many of my counterparts have as well. The image it paints is simply a reflection of a male-dominated industry, but with pressure and support for #MeToo activism, things will change,” Shenaz told IANS.
“Take a look at the wave of truth that has toppled so many powerful men in the West. I think men in the industry have been put on notice that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated any longer,” added the actress, without divulging any information about her own experience.
Shenaz was referring to the #MeToo campaign aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment, and a slew of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against Hollywood biggies like Harvey Weinstein, Stan Lee, Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, Dustin Hoffman, James Toback and Kevin Spacey, who have been accused for sexually harassing people associated with showbiz. The controversy has rocked the entertainment industry the world over, and is making people stand up with women fighting for justice and driving movements like ‘Time’s Up’.
The actress, who is looking forward to the dark comedy Kaalakaandi, slated to release on Friday, is hoping all the initiatives will bring “equality”. “Equitable salaries will be the next battlefront if we can win the war for choice,” added the actress, best known for her roles in Delhi Belly and Ishq Vishk.
At the moment, she is excited about her next film.
Directed by debutant Akshat Verma, who wrote Delhi Belly, Kaalakaandi is the story of six characters from different worlds — urban, ambitious Mumbai and its dark, neglected underbelly. It also stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepak Dobriyal, Vijay Raaz, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Sobhita Dhulipala, Akshay Oberoi, Isha Talwar, Shivam Patil, Amyra Dastur and Neil Bhoopalam.