India's #MeToo movement started when Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of harassment on the sets of the 2008 film, Horn Ok Pleassss. While speaking to Zoom TV, the Lipstick Under My Burkha actress, Aahana Kumra, said that sexual misconduct happens in every profession and in Bollywood, only star sons and daughters are safe. Talking about #MeToo, she said "I think it's a good conversation to have. I am glad that it's begun... because for how long can we stay in the shadows and be scared of sexual harassments. It's important we start talking about it and I am glad men and women both are talking about it.''
She further added, ''Men have also shared their stories of how they were harassed and how things have changed for them because they said no to a certain person, how they are afraid to say no and how they have given in to harassment. People are inappropriate and don't think twice before saying something to you. They don't see who is ahead of you - they will only see ki acha ye kisi ki bade film industry ki ladki nahi toh mai chedkhani kar sakta hu. That's the only thing that runs in their mind that here, I am not going to lose anything even if I cross a line with this girl, who is going to say anything to me. Those are the problems with these people primarily.''
"It's not like something no one has experienced. Everyone has experienced it if they don't come from a film family. Aapse kaise bhi koi bhi baat karega. This is a thing that happens in every profession. The problem is people are so scared that we should not talk about these things, not complain... Maine kuch bol dia toh ye aage mujhe kabhi kaam dega hi nahi... He will think that I am difficult... Just be difficult. You won't get one job, you will get another," the actress revealed.
''Be sympathetic towards someone who is trying to share a story with you, listen to them. It might have taken ten years for someone to come out and speak about sexual harassment and it's not something you can speak about easily. It takes a big toll on you. At that point in time, your mind shuts down. I am glad we are talking about it and the generations to come will take notice of this, take advantage of this and not let anyone get bullied sexually,"Aahana told the channel.