Huma Qureshi Opens up about Sexual Harassment at Cannes Film Festival

Bollywood stars made their marks in Cannes Film Festival with their Stylish appearance in the red carpet.

In 71st Cannes Film Festival as a brand ambassador for Grey Goose, Huma engaged in a freewheeling interview with this correspondent on the #MeToo movement, freedom of expression and the situation of women in India, besides her own journey.

Asked about sexual exploitation and harassment of women, Huma said: “Well, as a woman, absolutely, I have had to deal with people making advances at me, but not just people from the business of film industry, but people across different professions and different strata. I think it has a lot to do with power, it is not only limited to the film business.”

Huma feels that for many women at the receiving end, it becomes difficult to come out and speak. “In India and elsewhere in the world, the moment a woman speaks out against harassment, people sort of start making all sorts of character judgments about her, about her morality, about what she was wearing and all such things and I think that is not fair,” she added.

“If a woman is saying something out loud, she is asking for help and you have no right to assassinate her character. You have to reach out to her and help her and protect her and I think we need to protect our women and our children.”

On the spate of incidents involving rapes of minors in India, Huma mentioned, “Only laws cannot help, the change has to be more profound and more voluntary and from within.” She believes a lot of the issues that exist in the world today, rise from the fact that we do not know enough about each other’s cultures.

“We don’t respect each other’s origins and there is so much negativity and strife around because we don’t know where the other person is coming from.”

“It was literally like a dream come true. I did not even for a moment think that a film about gangsters from India would find a resonance with the French or global audience. But I remember the screening over here and it was a very special occasion,” she said about the film festival.

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