While Hollywood is rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal , Bollywood waits for the can of worms to be opened.
Veteran film producer Pahlaj Nihalani whose new presentation Julie 2 chronicles the sexual exploitation of newcomers in Bollywood says there are many Harvey Weinsteins in Bollywood.
“Everyone in this industry knows them by name and their dirty deeds. There are producers who pretend to have the power to launch newcomers. They exploit strugglers specially those from outside Mumbai. And I am talking about both male and female directors. Then there are touts and middlemen pretending to be close to top stars and filmmakers .These brokers exploit vulnerable newcomers,” says Nihalani, naming some hotshots fromBollywood as “chronic sexual offenders”.
Says Nihalani, “Everyone knows who these powerful sexual predators are.In fact the character of the producer in Julie 2 who asks the heroine to sleep with him is based on a real-life producer known to ‘audition’ newcomers in his private hideout.”
The character of the leading lady in Julie 2 is said to be inspired by several actresses including Mandakini, KimiKatkar and Nagma.
Clarifies Nihalani, “It isn’t about any one particular actress. All aspiring youngsters who are not from film families have to go through the grind and humiliation. It is up to them to not surrender to the ‘Harvey Weinstein’ syndrome that grips the Indian entertainment industry.”