It's International Women’s Day 2019. People across the globe, including several celebrities, took to their respective social media handles to celebrate girl power. The past year, 2018, witnessed the tornado of the #MeToo movement in India as many women called out names of their perpetrators of the heinous act. On this International Women’s Day, Amazon Prime Video and the Screenwriters Association arranged a panel discussion, which was graced by powerful ladies of the industry like Vidya Balan, Zoya Akhtar and Guneet Monga. They highlighted the #MeToo movement and shared opinions on many other topics.
During the event, Zoya, who holds one of the top positions in the list of dynamic female-filmmakers of India, voiced out that the terms like ‘male and female filmmakers’ are only created by the media. “Nobody in the industry differentiates as female and male filmmakers, it's a media created term. Unless you make good money and your films don't make money no one will ask you,” she said. The filmmaker’s latest outing Gully Boy opened to rave reviews at the box office and has had a phenomenal run.
On the other hand, Guneet opened up on #MeToo and said, “It's very needed and it has helped to put conversation forward. Good people are expressing their issues. I genuinely feel that because of social media people will be in check and if anyone has a sexual harassment problem, they can address it.”
Furthermore, Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke, who also marked her presence at the event, voiced her opinion on Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment cases. “There have been so many talented women working behind the camera and it’s good that the issue was addressed. It has had a significant change in the business. Our company has zero per cent Tolerance Policy and for us, it is critical to support such a cause.”