Well-known actress Kritika Kamra has
always been vocal about various
issues. And following the same trend, she
has spoken her heart out on TV producer
Vinta Nanda's Facebook rape allegation
against veteran actor, Alok Nath (though
Vinta has not specifically named him, she
has left enough hints to suggest the
Says the actress, "Being a social media
addict, I have been following this entire
desi #MeToo movement (Tanushree Dutta,
Rajat Kapoor) very carefully, as it affects
me as a woman. I lost interest in an event
that I had attended a couple of days back
when another similar story had broken
out, although it did not involve me
personally. This just goes to show the
power of this awakening that everybody
is joining in, including lay people.
"Coming to the Vinta Nanda matter, I read
her entire Facebook post very carefully,
and was shocked. Now I don't know
whom to trust anymore, she adds.
"It is very wrong on the part of those who
question why now, for the very simple
reason that, today, this new movement is
encouraging other women to speak out. It
is not easy to admit abuse, given the
career costs and ensuing s**t shaming.
Such incidents leave an indelible mark on
the victim, like it does on kids who suffer
childhood abuse. You may feel fine for
some years, but eventually, the horror of
the past does crop up, seeking catharsis,
"And here, Vinta admitted her guilt of not
speaking up. Just spare a thought for her
mental condition to keep all this locked
inside her for years. It can't be a good
place to be, she states.
Looking ahead, Kritika, who has just done
a film, Mitron, says, "While we don't know
how, if the case goes legal, the entire truth
will come out in the court of law. Right
now, we just need to listen to the victim
and offer support. It is heart-warming to
see several celebs speak in favour of
victims, e.g. Hrithik Roshan in the Vikas
When asked about the casting couch in
TV, Kritika says, "At first, I would think it
does not exist, but it does. This is made
even more possible by the unorganized
nature of TV casting there are so many
casting coordinators around, and some of
them are creeps. Also, many respected
people also turn out to be the same, as we
have seen in recent days.
"Despite being lucky not to have to go
through the rigour of audition, having
been selected in Delhi (Kitni Mohabat Hai
fame), I too have been prepositioned
twice or thrice, but they are not direct.
Rather, the offer to sleep for work is
couched in several discreet ways. I have
left those meetings hurt, for you end up
questioning whether your dressing or
behaviour gave indication that you're that
type of woman.
"I have heard real horror stories from
friends; and the victims are not just girls.
Sexual harassment is not gender specific.
We are against exploitation per se. Sadly,
those who are in a position of power tend
to misuse it; and this happens not just in
our industry, but in other sectors as well.
"Having said that, let me also add that I am
no one to judge if two people willingly do
something. The problem happens when
the lines of consent are blurred. People
need to get it that no means no, period. It
is wrong to take anything as yes.
In closing, when asked about her personal
interactions with Alok Nath, with whom
she has worked in Kuch Toh Log Kahenge,
she says, "I have never had any such