Malayalam superstar Mohanlal has termed the #MeToo movement as a mere “fad” with a short lifespan.
“There is no big problem in the Malayalam industry. You shouldn’t think of the #MeToo as a movement actually. It is a fad and it is turning into something of a fashion. Anything like that will have a lifespan for a bit,” Gulf News reported Mohanlal as saying at a press conference in Dubai.
Mohanlal was in UAE to launch his charity fundraiser Onnanu Nammal, which is scheduled to take place on December 7. When Gulf News further questioned him about his comments on the #MeToo movement, the 58-year-old tried to distance himself from the issue by saying he “doesn’t know much about it.”
He also claimed that even men will have #MeToo stories to recount. The actor added he will not comment on the matter as he opined that only those who have experienced harassment should speak about it.
Mohanlal is the president of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA), the primary film body of Kerala. The association has constantly been under fire due to the way it handled the attack on a female actor. Under Mohanlal’s leadership, the association reinstated Dileep’s membership courting a major controversy. The move was perceived as anti-woman and anti-survivor as Dileep is a prime accused in the case.
It is worth noting that Women In Cinema Collective (WCC) has announced an open revolt against all-powerful AMMA accusing it of failing to protect the interests of its female members.