It was earlier, when Indian PM Narendra Modi had a meetup with Bollywood stalwart. The meeting was reported to be fruitful. Few of the Bollywood celebs present in the meeting shared the progress of the meeting on social media, including Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar.
According to PM Modi’s tweet, “Had an extensive and fruitful interaction with a delegation from the film and entertainment industry. The delegation spoke about the strides being made by the film and entertainment industry, and gave valuable inputs relating to GST for their sector”
Had an extensive and fruitful interaction with a delegation from the film and entertainment industry.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2018
Karan Johar also shared his statement on twitter along with a photo. He wrote, “It was enlightening to hear the honourable Prime Minsiter @narendramodi share his views on our Industry’s soft power status and the strength of our cinema…he gave our media and entertainment representatives a patient and solid hearing….thank you Sir!!”.
It was enlightening to hear the honourable Prime Minsiter @narendramodi share his views on our Industry’s soft power status and the strength of our cinema…he gave our media and entertainment representatives a patient and solid hearing….thank you Sir!! pic.twitter.com/BIl8ubQwYa
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 18, 2018
And at that meetup, one enormously essential part was quite predictably ignored, the females of the Indian film industry. The absent component of the meetup is being questioned by many prominent personalities.
Bollywood film star Dia Mirza was quick to respond to it. By taking it to social media, she quoted Akshay Kumar’s tweet to put her question. She wrote, “This is wonderful! Is there a reason why there were no women in this room? @akshaykumar”.
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 19, 2018
You mean the agenda of the meeting that the men had did not merit the presence of women? Clearly you don’t believe women must be included in such conversations!?! Whoever planned that meeting did not consider it necessary to include women. You won’t question that? https://t.co/FGB2FOf3yP
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) December 20, 2018
— Pooja Hegde (@hegdepooja) December 19, 2018
And there came several people responding to this PM’s meeting. Everyone was curious why females were neglected in that meetup.
— Rooh 🏳️🌈 (@IshmeetNagpal) December 19, 2018
Would be great to have female representation in these delegations. It is 2018. https://t.co/HoxGbptgwX
— Alankrita Shrivastava (@alankrita601) December 18, 2018
A very sad moment for the women of India where the PM meets with a delegation of film industry where women are objectified but never a part of any delegation. Who curated the list of invitees? Shouldn't the person be questioned?
— Shalini 🇮🇳 (@Shalshandle) December 19, 2018
Delegation may be worried about #MeToo
Or allegations about discriminatory pay to women in #Bollywood
— MenRightsIndia (@MenRightsIndia) December 19, 2018
It's not only about the century. It's about the mindset. Years change rapidly, time passes by but the thinking sadly remains static and unfortunately for women, not progressive enough.
— Anjali Mehta (@Anjmeh) December 19, 2018