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#MeTooIndia: Raveena Tandon opens up about workplace harassment

She reveals how she was harassed by journalists and even lost a couple of projects after being called a ‘delusional liar’.

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Bollywood actress Raveena Tondon has spoken up about the workplace harassment, supporting the recent ongoing MeToo movement in B-Town. While talking to a news agency, she reveals how she was harassed by journalists and even lost couple of projects as she was called a “Delusional Liar”.

“I was never sexually harassed as I was not the one to just take it. I would give it back. But I can imagine the trauma that the young girls go through. It is so sad and disheartening to hear these stories. It angers me”, told the yesteryear actress.

“I have been through professional harassment. I did lose out on couple of films. There were few women journalists, who would tarnish our reputation in their magazines or newspapers. Like, from being called a liar to delusional liar, etc. They helped the heroes”, told Raveena in her interview.

While talking about her harassment experience, the actress added without taking any names, “They work in tandem to ruin an actress’s life”.

Raveena has been talking about the harassment issue over the social media lately.

In one of her tweets, she worte, “What defines harassment in a workplace? The fact that many industry wives and girlfriends are silent observers or instigators, when actor husbands destroy the careers of actresses after the chase and flirtation is over or have them replaced with other potential targets. Sometimes it is women also who are complacent because of insecurity or professional jealousy and have got other actresses removed from a project using their hero boyfriend or husband. And this is not fair”.

She added further, “It might not be sexual harassment but it is professional harassment. The clauses in the contracts need to be strong. If certain people have problem working with the actress, then they should step away. Why ruin the girl’s career?”.

Raveena is glad that women are finally opening up and is happy that they are finally being heard and is hopeful that the moment will bring the much-needed change in gender dynamics specially in Bollywood.

“I believe innocent until proven guilty. After the investigations are carried out, if the person is found guilty, then there also has to be legal action against them”, she added.

the authorSaman Siddiqui
Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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