Actor Saif Ali Khan believes that his family members are safe amid the #MeToo crisis in India, but not every woman can have the same protection.
“It is a very unequal society. I don’t think anyone will misbehave with my people... I don’t know why I feel like this, but be it my mother or sister or wife, I feel people will not have the guts to do that with them,” he said.
“It might be because they have certain protection around them. So, we have to protect the ladies who don’t have that protection around them or that aura that protects them. We have to make the place safe for the vulnerable ladies,” Khan said.
The star’s daughter Sara Ali Khan is gearing up for her Bollywood debut.
The 48-year-old has urged people to respect everyone.
“We have to come to a situation where women feel safe enough to complain immediately and matters will be taken seriously. I hope the #MeToo movement stays in future and does not die down because it will create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone,” he added.
Apart from the #MeToo wave, the Dil Chahta Hai actor expressed concern over the growing paparazzi culture in India. He wondered how people could be so interested in his two-year-old son Taimur.
“Media’s constant attention to him does not really bother me, but it would be better if it was not there. If the media likes it, people like it, I am okay with it; but I won’t be interested in someone else’s kids so much.
“On one level, it is nice that he makes people laugh and smile; but on another level, why is so much attention given to a kid? Why are we so interested in a little kid so much? I don’t understand it,” he said with a smile.
He likes to keep his distance from social media, even though Taimur is a star in that space, while sister Soha Ali Khan and sister-in-law Karisma Kapoor are quite active on various platforms.
“I could easily be on social media but I don’t like the idea of it. I like my own world. There are many horrible people out there. We all should create our own world. I don’t want to be the voice in one more loud market,” Khan added.
“It becomes an addiction and we always worry about what people think. We should live our lives for ourselves. Putting a picture and [waiting to] see if someone likes it or not. What does it mean? I get my validation of what I feel... But not from other people.”
On the acting front, Khan has been on a roll. After wooing the audience with his role as a police officer in Sacred Games, his latest film Baazaar, now showing in the UAE, sees him portray a rich Gujarati stock trader.