Sonam gets vocal about #MeToo

In a recent interview, Sonam spoke about the harassment in India and said that due to "preconceived notions about women" it will take time to change certain perceptions.

When asked whether something similar to Hollywood's #MeToo campaign was taking place in India, she responded:

"I wish there was. Unfortunately in India, there’s a lot of shame attached to it. If something happens to you, you just smile and pretend to be dumb. You just ignore it, pretend it didn’t happen because if you speak about it, you will get into more trouble. You are conditioned to think that way. It becomes a blemish on you. In India, it is so prevalent, eve teasing – we have been experiencing it since college days where guys are hooting at you, that’s also harassment." And the shift to a culture where victims aren't silenced will be slow.

"It’s not gonna happen for a while. I don’t think so. We are hard pressed for stories, for roles. There is no equal pay. And I am not even talking about actresses. I was talking to someone, this person asked for my help. He said I am trying to hire a person – there are two people, a guy, and a girl, who is just married. She is better but she may get pregnant. And she won’t be able to work properly. This is how we still think. People hold these preconceived notions about women," she said.