The recent #metoo movement that took over India like a storm opened up quite a can of worms. Prominent figures from all spheres were exposed. But as many rightly put it, with #metoo, we just saw a surface of what female artists (and sometimes it goes beyond genders) have to really go through; not just with their male counterparts but even in general, owing to society's usual misogyny which has now become a norm. Comedian Ali Asgar, who travels through the country and performs live shows, shared a horrific experience of being groped and molested at a wedding in Delhi as he was dressed as a woman and was acting as his famous on-screen character Dadi.
"Wherever I go for such shows, I don't let the anchor announce my name, I just enter as Dadi. At this event, by the time I entered, people were already drunk. Unhone uske baad jo hamla kiya hai mere upar (The way they attacked me after that)– they were putting their hands on my chest, they were pinching my bu**, I was molested! There is a girl in my team, and she managed to save me, warna main nikal nahi pa raha tha. Mera tab bhi yeh question tha, ki bhai aapko pata bhi hai ki yeh ek aadmi hai jo aurat ka role kar raha hai? (I was unable to get out otherwise. I had just one question on my mind. Did they even know it was a man, dressed as a woman?) And the second question was – even if you don't know, ye toh ek buddhi aurat hai na, usko toh chhor do," Ali said, during a conversation with TOI.
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That reveals what female performers who perform live amid a large number of audience (often in different cities) may have to go through on a work day!