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#MeToo: Fake feminism is hurting the movement, says Queen actress Nayani Dixit

The actress spoke exclusively to us during the ongoing LIFFT India Filmotsav in Lonavala. 

Photo: Nayani Dixit Instagram

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The #MeToo movement stormed Hindi film industry and the country as a whole more than a year ago after actress Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar for sexual misconduct. Actress Nayani Dixit further gave momentum to the movement when she shared her experience with director Vikas Bahl during the shoot of the film Queen (2014) of which she was a part. 

Analysing the movement right now, Dixit told us, “To clear the path for the forthcoming generations, we had to start at least from somewhere. So, that’s how it all started. The movement has control be it due to fear, love or maybe people have developed understanding about these things.” 

She was speaking at the sidelines of the ongoing LIFFT India Filmotsav in Lonavala where she is on the jury for short films and student films. 

When asked if the fear of getting exposed is still present, Dixit answered in the affirmative but also expressed concerns over certain things. 

“Yes, the fear is definitely there,” she said. “But there is a sad part too. There has been the rise of feminism without cause and I really condemn this. There are people who are fake feminists or unnecessary rebels. I am sure if you ask these people as to why they are doing this, they won’t have an answer. This is like behti ganga mein haath dhona, which is I am really scared of.” 

While speaking about the consequences of such people, Dixit added, “Due to these people other women are suffering and they are not getting work. People might fear that they might be wrongly framed. Females themselves need to stop this because males can’t do anything [in this regard]. The ones who are innocent are innocent.” 

Dixit also agreed that the movement has been used by few women with a different set of agenda. “There are few women who consider this as a weapon to take revenge for something. But they are not understanding that by doing this, the clean-up that had started because of this movement will also stop. That’s why people are saying that this movement is over because few female fraternity themselves have created this situation,” she said. 

A recent development in the #MeToo movement was Anu Malik stepping down as one of the judges of the singing reality show Indian Idol. This happened after a massive outrage on social media since the composer has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.  

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