Aditi Rao Hydari on #MeToo: I lost work for eight months

Aditi Rao Hydari

When Aditi Rao Hydari called out the “dizzying heights of hypocrisy” in the film industry, she lost work for eight months. At the India Today Conclave South 2018 in Visakhapatnam, the actress revealed that there were consequences when she opened up about the #MeToo movement.

“I remember when I started, I was extra-naive because I came from a protected background. I didn’t know that the rumours were true, that things like this did happen. And honestly, I have not had such a bad time. I had one incident which actually didn’t harm me very much. But yes, I did lose work because I was given a choice – it’s either this or this. For me, it was a no-brainer. I had to walk away,” she said.

Now, Aditi is happy that she is doing the kind of work that she wants to do, and with the people that she wants to work with. But there was a time when she had lost all hope. “At that time when it happened, I was really upset and I did think that this was it and I was never going to get work again,” she revealed.

The actress’s manager and team convinced her to snap out of the negative state of mind, and things started looking up for her after eight months.

Aditi feels that victims of sexual misconduct should not be pressurised to come forward with their stories. “I think you should speak about something only when you are ready. And when you don’t talk about it, people are like, ‘Oh, they were paid off’ or ‘oh, they were silenced.'”

“I think that everybody should do what they need to do, when they think it is right. That is what empowering a person is. This #MeToo movement is turning that on its head and taking that power away by putting these conditions and saying, ‘You must speak. If you don’t, that means you are giving in,'” she added.


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