Rajeev Masand has published a blind item in Open The Magazine about an outspoken Bollywood couple who have stayed silent in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
This couple is known for being opinionated about everything under the sun. Be it politics, cinema or anything else they have strong opinions. The couple is very active on twitter & take on trolls full on! So Rajeev Masand is right in being surprised over their silence on the #MeToo movement(click here to read more). Their family member – a director has been named by several women as a harasser. But Rajeev is hinting at the man himself being a sexual predator. It is not too far fetched considering he was a big deal in Bollywood right from the 70’s. He is still a top lyricist & his kids are well established filmmakers. This makes them one of the most powerful people in Bollywood.
He had stirred the hornet’s nest by questioning the education levels of medal winning athlethes. He regularly takes on central government. He has made several enemies within the industry due to his outspokenness. He must be biting his nails wondering whether a hit job will be planned by his to tarnish his reputation.
Insiders are puzzled over the silence of one of Bollywood’s most outspoken couples on the MeToo wave. A well-regarded pair of professionals who position themselves as progressive and liberal, they tend to lead any discourse that involves industry and Indian cultural matters.
As is true of several filmwaalas who have condemned this culture, some of their friends and colleagues have been accused too. But this couple was seldom known to shy away from taking a firm stand—even if it made them unpopular among friends. Are they afraid, as some are suggesting, of skeletons tumbling out of their own closets?
Outspoken Couple: Shabhana Azmi & Javed Akhtar