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Actress Vidya Balan talked about sexual harassment in Bollywood Industry: Walking away was my defence mechanism

National Award Winner Actress Vidya Balan who is going to be seen in his next upcoming film ‘Tumhari Sulu’ along with Neha Dhupia, RJ Malishka and Manav Kaul has talked about sexual harassment in Bollywood Industry. She even talked on her personal experience where she mentioned that her walking away was her defence mechanism. After Irrfan Khan and Richa ChaddhaVidya Balan also spoke on Harvey Weinstein controversy as well as referring it to Hindi film Industry situations.She said to PTI “Women never had the courage to talk about sexual harassment as invariably the finger would be pointed back at them. Which is why, I think whether sexual harassment or rape, women have always found it difficult to talk about it.”Vidya further spoke “It exists in every industry. Here (in entertainment industry) it gets written about. The film industry is a part of the society. Here it gets amplified and that is the only difference.”

The 38-year-old actor says even in Hollywood many powerful people remained silent about sexual harassment initially.”In the West, it has happened to powerful and successful people and they did not do anything about it. So you think, ‘I am not the only one (facing it)’. But people have started talking, revealing things.”Vidya further talked about her stand on it “Walking away was my defence mechanism. I could walk away because I had a home to go back to. I had family, I had food on my plate and I had nothing to worry about. Lot of people have circumstances that are different.”At last, she added “As a woman, you have the sixth sense and instinct. No one has asked me for a coffee. If I went to have coffee with someone, it was because I wanted to go. I felt it was below my dignity to get work in any other way. I don’t judge others who had to use any sort of means as everyone’s circumstances are different.”Vidya Balan’s next upcoming film ‘Tumhari Sulu’ is going to release on November 17.

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