'Unfair to boycott those who aren't proven guilty,' says Ajay Devgn on working with people named in the MeToo Movement in the industry


The MeToo Movement in India took Bollywood by storm as several veteran actors and filmmakers found themselves in troubled waters. Considering the allegations on them, renowned personalities like Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar, Alok Nath and others were shown the door from films after being accused of inappropriate behaviour. In the wave of the movement, several celebrities came out in support of the movement and voted for the right decision. Joining this bandwagon of supporting the right, Ajay Devgn, during an interview with a leading entertainment magazine, spoke about working with those charged in the movement.

The actor pointed out the difference between accused and proven guilty and said if a person is proven as guilty, one shouldn't work with them. He further added that it would be unfair to boycott those who aren't. "There's a difference between 'accused' and 'proven guilty'. One must definitely not work with those proven guilty. But those who haven't been...we can't be unfair to them. What about their families? I know an 'accused', whose daughter was so traumatised, she stopped eating and going to school," Ajay told during the interview.

Ajay Devgn

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Earlier, during the promotions of De De Pyar De, Ajay found himself at the center of accusations for sharing the screen space with Alok Nath, accused of rape and sexual harassment by multiple women. The actor then told scenes with Alok were shot much before the allegations surfaced. He added that it wasn't possible to get the dates of the rest of the cast just to reshoot Alok's portions with a new actor as it would also account to double the expenditure.

Talking about the MeToo India, Tanushree Dutta became the face of it after she made shocking revelations about Nana Patekar's unlikely behaviour during the shoot of Horn 'Ok' Pleassss in 2009. Soon, Vinta Nanda, a writer/producer came out in the open to accuse Alok Nath of sexually violating her almost two decades ago. 

(Source: Filmfare)