#MeToo: Deepika Padukone says she was told to get a boob job

New Delhi: Although none of the Bollywood actors have revealed any names so far, but many have acknowledged that sexual harassment does exist in Bollywood.

In a new interview to the Evening Standard, Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone agreed that she, too, was put under pressure early in her career.

When asked about the climate in Bollywood in the wake of the Me Too and Time’s Up campaigns that changed the industry abroad, she said, “There’s so much more awareness. There are so many people who speak up and I think in the same way that we see the wheels moving in the right direction globally, I see the same thing happening in India as well.”

She said that she was also advised to do a lot of things. “To get a boob job, do the beauty pageants. They felt it was the right way to be recognised or picked up by a Bollywood director or producer. It might be an easier way to achieve what you want to achieve. But I haven’t been that person; I’ve always followed my gut,” Padukone said, who has always been very vocal about her battle with depression.

Following the New York Times and New Yorker investigations into film producer Harvey Weinstein, almost a hundred women came forward with their own stories of having faced harassment from him. The reports led to huge public outcry, which revealed scores of other prominent names in the film industry as habitual abusers of power.

The movement has been largely ignored in India, where several reasons such as fear, apathy have been given.