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Absence of women in film industry delegation meeting prime minister raises questions

A delegation led by Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani, Akshay Kumar met with prime minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues of the film industry. 

Shriram Iyengar

The film industry might have thought itself safe from the wrath of the #MeToo movement after a couple of quiet weeks, but its latest misstep only points to the blatant discrimination that exists. Twitter rose up to question the absence of women in the latest delegation from the film industry to meet the prime minister Narendra Modi to discuss problems facing the industry. 

The delegates included directors Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar, actor Akshay Kumar, producer Ronnie Screwvala, Producers Guild of India president Siddharth Roy Kapur Siddharth Roy Kapur, as well as Prasoon Joshi, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification. 

While Johar and the others were pleased with the interaction, suggesting a positive response from the prime minister, many online users were surprised at the absence of any female delegates in the retinue. 

Several filmmakers like Alankrita Shrivastava and Tannishtha Chatterjee took to Twitter to point out the blaring omission of not having invited any woman filmmaker or producer to the meeting. 

The absence of regional representation apart, social media certainly took offense at the women being ignored. This, partiicularly, in a year when the film industry has come under question for its mistreatment of women amidst the #MeToo allegations. 

The latest meeting comes months after actor Aamir Khan, filmmaker Aanand L Rai and Hirani met the prime minister in October to discuss the film industry's contribution to the revenue of India. The delegation, again, had no women filmmakers or producers present. 


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