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Dulquer Salmaan on #MeToo: Collective Awareness Will Lead to Change

Dulquer Salmaan says he is hopeful that the #MeToo movement will lead to a better, safer work environment for all.

Updated:December 4, 2018, 11:45 AM IST
Dulquer Salmaan on #MeToo: Collective Awareness Will Lead to Change
Dulquer Salmaan made his Bollywood debut earlier this year in Karwaan. (Image: Instagram/Dulquer Salmaan)
Several celebrities have spoken on the #MeToo movement, which resurfaced in India in September after Tanushree Dutta once again accused Nana Patekar of misbehaving with her on the set of their 2008 film Horn OK Please.

Joining the bandwagon, Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan, who made his Bollywood debut earlier this year with Akarsh Khurana’s Karwaan, in which he starred alongside Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar, says only collective awareness can bring about a substantial change.

Talking to Indian Express, he said he hoped the movement would change things for the better. “Because there is awareness and a collective awareness. I think the advent of communication is becoming easier with so much of information on the Internet or social media. So earlier I think it would be scattered say one in America or one in another part of the world but now, the whole movement can become a hashtag where everybody can speak out,” he said.

“With collective awareness that will then lead a change and people will obviously want to do the right thing. It’s like how you raise your kids, if you tell them something is wrong, they will realize it. Sometimes, I think that awareness has to be there. Now there is awareness and we will refrain from doing things,” Dulquer added.

In an interview with film critics Anupama Chopra and Rajeev Masand, Dulquer earlier spoke about working in Hindi films. “Honestly speaking, I connect or relate more to a Hindi film set because all my assistant directors and pretty much everyone I work with would have kind of grown up like me. They would have developed in big cities, they are all fairly well-travelled, we probably read the same books and watch the same movies,” he said. 

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