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Bollywood industry is a strange place!
More the society is opening up, more of the stories are getting unveiled in the forefront. All the nasty things are coming out in the open and so is the case of Tanushree Dutta. The actress of ‘Ashique Banaya Apne’ was missing from the industry for a long time but she recently started coming out and she revealed an incident which is staggering to hear. She spoke about her sexual harassment at the hands of veteran actor Nana Patekar on a film set of ‘Horn OK Please’ from 2008.
Since all the bad things in Bollywood industry used to stay inside but now everyone is feeling empowered to speak about the nasty things and make the industry a nicer place to work in. Though she have made allegations in 2008 as well but she didn’t get justice at the time, she have opened about the incident once more to create awareness. Though nothing has been proved but many of the big names in the industry have come out in support of Tanushree and gave her a nod for her bravery:
First, Janice Sequiera, a journalist who was spectator of this whole incident. After Tanushree came out speaking all about it, Janice took it to twitter with a thread that what exactly happened…
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some incidents that take place even a decade ago remain fresh in your memory. What happened with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TanushreeDutta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TanushreeDutta</a> on the sets of “Horn Ok Please” is one such incident - I was there. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NanaPatekar?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NanaPatekar</a><br><br>[THREAD]</p>— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) <a href="https://twitter.com/janiceseq85/status/1044859767993364483?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 26, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Following this thread, Farhan Akhtar who also launched the social campaign of Men Against Rape and Discrimination (MARD) in 2013 supported the thread by tweeting:
"This thread is very telling. Janice (Sequeira, who at that time was with a news channel) was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when Tanushree Dutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago, she did not. And her story has not changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned"
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This thread is very telling. <a href="https://twitter.com/janiceseq85?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@janiceseq85</a> was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TanushreeDutta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TanushreeDutta</a> had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago she did not & her story hasn’t changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned. <a href="https://t.co/Ola3MNdmtS">https://t.co/Ola3MNdmtS</a></p>— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) <a href="https://twitter.com/FarOutAkhtar/status/1045357336406052864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Priyanka Chopra the retweeted Farhan’s tweet and wrote, “Agreed..the world needs to believe survivors.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Agreed..the world needs to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BelieveSurviviors?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BelieveSurviviors</a> <a href="https://t.co/ia82UsCkkq">https://t.co/ia82UsCkkq</a></p>— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) <a href="https://twitter.com/priyankachopra/status/1045528195745947648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Twinkle Khanna showed her support by retweeting Janice’s thread and wrote, “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!”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Please read this thread before judging or shaming <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TanushreeDutta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TanushreeDutta</a> 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! <a href="https://t.co/f8Nj9YWRvE">https://t.co/f8Nj9YWRvE</a></p>— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) <a href="https://twitter.com/mrsfunnybones/status/1045533630569820160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Richa Chadha wrote "It hurts to be Tanushree Dutta right now. To be alone, questioned.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It hurts to be <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TanushreeDutta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TanushreeDutta</a> 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 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TanushreeDutta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TanushreeDutta</a>.</p>— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichaChadha/status/1045368162387206145?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted: "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." Next the filmmaker tweeted…
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am aware of a journalist who has been working on a piece about sexual harassment in Bollywood since nearly a year. Is his publication stopping the investigative piece from being published or is the journalist afraid that he will lose his access to stars because of his findings?</p>— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) <a href="https://twitter.com/mehtahansal/status/1045532679662272513?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 28, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Swara Bhasker re-tweeted a series of posts and wrote: "This is a long thread, but one that must be read.... lots of clues here as to why Bollywood's #MeToo moment is so far away. Because we don't want to hear these voices."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IBelieveYouTanushreeDutta?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IBelieveYouTanushreeDutta</a> <a href="https://t.co/slMxDwcGWx">https://t.co/slMxDwcGWx</a></p>— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1045374452610084865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 27, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Hopefully the justice would be served to Tanushree Dutta!
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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