India's #MeToo moment: Bollywood finally speaks up for Tanushree Dutta
Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Hansal Mehta among many others have come out in support of actress Tanushree Dutta, who has spoken up about her sexual harassment at the hands of veteran actor Nana Patekar on a film set a decade ago.
Tanushree, a former beauty queen, who had first raised the allegation against the actor in 2008, brought the spotlight once again on her unpleasant experience of working with Nana during the shooting of HORN OK PLEASE, in a recent interview.
While speaking to IANS, Tanushree said it was because of Nana's powerful position as a National Award winning actor that her voice had remained suppressed for so long.
Here's what the celebrities have tweeted:
Please read this thread before judging or shaming #TanushreeDutta a working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this brave woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us! https://t.co/f8Nj9YWRvE— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) September 28, 2018
Sequeira on Wednesday tweeted a thread recalling the unsavoury episode saying \"some incidents that take place even a decade ago remain fresh in your memory. What happened with Tanushree is one such incident.She said she had seen how the actress was visibly upset about something on the sets while Nana, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and the producer huddled around.She said: \"Amidst this chaos, I got hold of #NanaPatekar. All he said was, \"Meri beti jaisi hai\", which didn't really make any sense at that point.\" It was only later that she realised. Sequeira said: \"The chat I had with Dutta hours after the incident was identical to the account she's come out with now. How could a person's version remain the same a decade later if there wasn't any truth to it?(Our chat was off-the-record, even though she went on to give interviews later.)Nana on Thursday said to a news channel: \"What can I do about what one says? You tell me. What does it mean by sexual harrassment.\"In a shock to many of his fans and supporters, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday dodged commenting on the episode saying: \"Neither am I Tanushree, nor am I Nana,\" which invited trolls galore.
India in general does not have a conducive work environment. Mental harassment, abuse and predatorial behaviour by people in positions of power are prevalent and considered perks of being in power. Years of oppression and colonial rule have permanently altered our DNA.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 28, 2018
It hurts to be #TanushreeDutta rn. To be alone, questioned. No woman wants publicity that opens the floodgates of trolling and insensitivity.What happened to her on set was intimidation.Her only fault was she didn’t back down-takes a special courage to be #TanushreeDutta.— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) September 27, 2018