Actress Tanushree Dutta's story has triggered a domino effect in the industry, leading to the #MeToo movement finally arriving in India. Her story has also given the power and courage to many women to come forward and share their harrowing experiences, and to let the world know who the real culprits are.
Social media is flooded with stories of women getting assaulted or harassed at the hands of those in power, and names like Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sajid Khan and more; have surfaced in the list sexual offenders.
Although the movement is gaining momentum now, there was a male Bollywood actor who was humiliated 2 years ago, for sharing his #MeToo story.
We're talking about actor Adhyayan Suman, who in a series of tweets, mentioned how he was shamed 2 years ago, "A lot of people asking me to share my #metoo story...I am sorry but when I did that 2 years ago I was shamed and humiliated...my parents whom I love the most had to listen to some obscene things on National TV."
A lot of people asking me to share my #metoo story..iam sorry but when I did that 2 years ago I was shamed and humiliated...my parents whom I love the most had to listen to some obscene things on National tv ..I was clearly told that a guy with a failed career doesn't— adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018
In 2016, Adhyayan had spoken about his relationship with actress Kangana Ranaut, with whom he co-starred in 'Raaz: The Mystery Continues' and how she physically abused him when the two were dating. He further mentions in the tweet, "I was clearly told that a guy with a failed career doesn't have the right to share his painful and dark experience."
Have the right to share his pain full and dark experience.The handful of people who supported me I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And I am happy that at lest this moment is giving a chance to all the people who have had to #MeToo— adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018
Suppress thier dark and depressing experiences for so long ..I hope all these people at least get their closure without being judged the way I was! #MeToo— adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018
He further wrote that since he didn't get any support back then, wasn't taken seriously and was trolled instead, he does not want to retell his story, now that he has left his past behind and moved on. He hopes that all the people who are sharing their stories will get closure without being judged the way he was.
#MeToo is a movement empowering men and women alike to come out in the open and speak up. My tweets were a way of reaching out to all the people who wanted to be heard and not to gain any publicity in this hot debacle.
I spoke up 2 years ago and I was shunned , criticised on
national tv. I wasn't believed then and I don't want to waste time retelling a story already out for the public to read .
To all the media houses calling me and asking me to speak up in an interview,I do not wish to. I didn't have ur support then and I definitely don't need it
now when I've left my past behind and moved on, a stronger man. Thanks.— adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018
We are not in support of or against anyone, nor are we trying to give out our judgement here. But, there's one point where we completely agree with Adhyayan Suman, #MeToo is not gender specific. It is a movement that empowers both men and women to come forward and speak up against those who did wrong to them.