At the coffee date of "Qarib Qarib Singlle"with the media, Irrfan Khan, who has worked in international projects as well, was asked about Hollywood's ongoing controversy over sexual allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein.
To this, he said that sexual exploitation is not confined just to showbiz. A sexually suppressed society was the cause of exploitation and this was not limited to the film industry.
"Whenever the society is sexually suppressed, whichever gender who has an opportunity, if the male has more power, he will exploit the woman, and if the woman has more power, she will exploit man."
"In India, we do have sexual suppression. We have put so many conditions and values behind it, anyone can judge a relationship between two people and this is not a healthy sign," added the actor.
Irrfan said: "People are exploited, and there is nothing to hide in it and it is prevalent in every field. This issue is not limited to film line. Every line of work, where there is sexual suppression, people would exploit."
When asked him if he has had any sexual encounters
"You do experience these, you get such invitations as well. A person might propose 'If you sleep with me I'll give you work', but you have the power to say no. Such indications are given to both men and women, but women face it more. Yes, if it's happening without consent or forcefully then it's extremely saddening.
I do have a choice to say no for such things. If there is a person who is repeatedly doing these things, he must be exposed. It's necessary to talk about him.
To sexually exploit someone is a disease in itself. It reflects the dynamics of our society- that it's sexually supressed. As far as sexual exploitations go, the one who has more power, will exploit the other gender.
If our society is such where the women are more powerful, the men will be (exploited). So exploitation is not the key factor, it's the suppression. People should be allowed to mingle. Government or any other body is no one to pass judgements."
It has happened with me too. It won't be good to take names but a lot of times I've been indicated and also told clearly that if you compromise you'll get this work. It has happened with me a lot of times. Now it doesn't happen.
It (invitation) has come from both, male and female. It becomes a slightly weird situation because when people who you know and respect a lot give you such offers, you feel that now the dynamics of the relationship will change. That's the sad part. But I have the power to take or refuse the offer."
In "Qarib Qarib Singlle", Irrfan is paired with Malayalam actor Parvathy, who is debuting in the Hindi film industry with the Tanuja Chandra directorial.