Actor Tanushree Dutta recently gave an interview recounting an incident that happened almost a decade ago. Tanushree alleged that Nana Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss. She reported the episode back then as well but was silenced as no one supported her claims.
Dutta, who now resides in the US, is in India visiting her family and has opened up about the incident once again. Some are calling this the start of India’s #MeToo movement but not many from Bollywood have come forward in support of Tanushree.
Here’s how some Bollywood celebrities have reacted on this episode.
Simi Garewal wrote on Twitter, “
#TanushreeDutta I’ve heard horror stories thru the years of this predatory jungle. Some girls became stars. Others disappeared quietly. Yes they took away your career. They darkened 10 years of your life. But they can’t take away your voice & your courage!!”
Sonam Kapoor took to Twitter and showed her support for Tanushree Dutta. Sonam wrote,”I believe #TanushreeDatta and @janiceseq85 recollection of the account. Janice is my friend, and she is anything but an exaggerator or a liar. And it’s upto us to stand together.” Sonam further wrote, “Many of my co-workers,female and male have been harassed and bullied, but it’s their story to tell. If we don’t encourage their voices and instead vilify and question them, how will victims ever become survivors? Let them speak up! Stand up with them!”
Director Anurag Kashyap tweeted, “If my previous tweet sounds vague let me clarify it. This should stop the questioning of intention of Tanushree Datta because there is a witness account of what happened and @janiceseq85 is as credible as the come .”
Kashyap also posted this on Twitter.
This should stop the speculation .. about the intention of the survivor https://t.co/1R9Zs12DIM
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 28, 2018
Quoting journalist Janice Sequeira’s Twitter thread where she corroborates Tanushree’s story, Farhan Akhtar wrote on Twitter, “This thread is very telling. @janiceseq85 was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when #TanushreeDutta 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.”
Priyanka Chopra replied on Farhan Akhtar’s tweet and wrote, “Agreed..the world needs to #BelieveSurviviors”
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 28, 2018
Parineeti Chopra retweeted Priyanka Chopra’s post and wrote, “I agree too. Survivors are survivors because they have dealt with something and come out on the other side. So believe them, respect them. @janiceseq85 #TanushreeDutta”
Producer and actor Twinkle Khanna also retweeted Janice Sequeira’s Twitter 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!”
Director Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Will this also die a natural death with no formal complaint, no proper investigation and no punitive action against the predator if he is found guilty? Honestly, I am cynical about the outcome. These offenders go scot free because our outrage is short-lived. #TanushreeDutta”
Actor Sidharth tweeted, “If a women speaks out about abuse, you listen. Even if it’s on her deathbed 50 years after the incident,you listen. If you ask why she didn’t speak earlier or you rush to dismiss her, the problem is with you. There will be investigation; but first, listen. Period. #TanushreeDutta.” He posted another tweet as well.
Reporting abuse is traumatic. To be analyzed in public for it is torture. To have some bastard suggest the woman is doing it for attention is inhuman. You always give the victim benefit of the doubt. Enough with shaming! Innocent men will overcome any accusation! #TanushreeDutta
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) September 28, 2018
Actor Richa Chadha applauded Tanushree Dutta’s courage and wrote, “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.”
Actor Swara Bhasker posted this video on Twitter with the caption, “#IBelieveYouTanushreeDutta”
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) September 27, 2018
Writer Apurva Asrani said that it’s not just women but also men who suffer at the hands of powerful people. He wrote on Twitter, “What happened with #TanushreeDatta is not confined to women in our industry. I have seen good men suffer at the hands of powerful abusive women; but they can’t find the courage to speak up either. This is about a star system that abuses the power idol-worshipping fans give them.”
Actor Kunal Kapoor also posted a tweet that read, “To all the people making stupid insinuations about a ‘publicity stunt’ there are now two very credible witnesses with the same story #TanushreeDutta.”
Actor Vir Das took to Twitter and said, “For men, a big part of the #MeToo movement is listening to women tell their story. Supporting them with belief. #TanushreeDutta is telling hers. Be a good man, shut your mouth, and listen to it. There are many many more like it in our industry. And they deserve to be heard.”
Salman Khan also reacted on the episode and told IANS, “I am not aware of this. Let me know and understand what is happening then, I will be able to comment on that.”
At the trailer launch of Thugs of Hindostan on Friday, Amitabh Bachchan was asked about the same episode but his reply was, “Na toh mera naam Tanushree hai aur na hi Nana Patekar, kaise uttar du aapko iss sawal ka? (Neither my name is Tanushree, nor is it Nana Patekar so how can I answer your question?”
When the same question was asked to Aamir Khan, he replied, “I think without knowning the veracity of something or the details of something, I don’t think I can comment, it’s not right for me. But I would like to say that whenever something like this happens, it’s really sad, now if this has happened or not is for people to investigate.”
Raveena Tandon also posted her opinion about the incident on Twitter and wrote, “When our industry fails to stand for and protect its own.They get their chance and lose it.Makes our films on women empowerment hollow.The deafening silence on #TanushreeDutta case is sickening. remember the controversy breaking out .( part 1)” She continued, “Sadly no witnesses or http://proof.So one couldn’t say.But obviously for her this has been a life changing incident.Ive worked with Nana too,(Mustafa)had heard about his volatile temper,but never witnessed it.In fact he was courteous and helpful.(part 2)”
Raveena further added, “Today there is social media,a lot more information given,10 years ago mostly people would rely on the gossipy magazines which carried scandalous headlines to sell.One didn’t know the difference between reality and yellow journalism. (Part-3)#TanushreeDutta.” She concluded with, “It’s time witnesses came forward and stood by her,unafraid of the consequences,and let the law take its own course.We should not judge and media lynch.lets put our faith in the judiciary and let justice unfold.Innocent till proven guilty.(part4) #TanushreeDutta”
Tanushree Dutta gave many interviews about the alleged incident back in 2008 as well. In a recent interview, she also talks about the chivalry of actors like Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty and how they stood up for her on a different film set.