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Time to expose Hindi cinema's Weinstein monsters, says Pahlaj Nihalani


The former CBFC chairman said he is in the process of getting some of the victims together to speak up.

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Former chairman o the Central Board of Film Certification Pahlaj Nihalani says people like Harvey Weinstein exist in Hindi cinema too and need to be exposed.

Weinstein, a powerful Hollywood producer, has been accused of sexual harassment and even rape by more than three dozen women, including several top actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Cara Delevingne, Lupita Nyong'o and Angelina Jolie.

In a recent interview, actress Priyanka Chopra spoke up about Weinsteins being prevalent everywhere, including in Hindi cinema.

Nihalani concurred: "Priyanka is right. There are Harvey Weinsteins in Bollywood too. They continue to exploit hapless strugglers because they are not held liable for their dirty deeds. This is the time to expose them.

"I am not talking about actresses who do what they do to establish a foothold in the industry. I am talking about aspiring actors and actresses being forced to offer sexual favours in exchange for job opportunities. Bollywood has a very clear list of offenders who misuse their position," he added.

Julie 2, the controversial new film which Nihalani is presenting and distributing, is about the casting couch menace in Hindi cinema. Appalled that actresses have not come forward to name these offenders, Nihalani now intends to shout out their names at a press conference.

"But for that we need victims to come forward," he said. "We are in the process of getting together voices of the victims to speak up publicly. The time to nail the Harvey Weinsteins of Hindi cinema is now.

"I have always sided with the truth. When you have that on your side, you have nothing to fear," he added for good measure.