Over the years there have been quite a number of cases of sexual harassment in the Bollywood industry. The #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have encouraged many Bollywood actresses to come up and share their stories. But the impact of the movements has been far more in Hollywood than in Bollywood and there’s a huge shadow of doubt over the improvement of the situation in the future, believes actress Tanushree Dutta.
In a recent interview with Zoom TV, Tanushree Dutta was asked about the impact of the #MeToo movement in the film industry and she took us down the memory lane to the sets of the movie Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss.
Tanushree made a shocking revelation that 10 years back, on the sets of that very movie, she was harassed by Nana Patekar which prompted her to drop out of the solo number she was supposed to do. According to NDTV, the also accused the director and producer of not doing anything, despite knowing the whole thing.
Tanushree took a dig at Nana Patekar and revealed that no action has been taken against the actor despite people being aware of his disrespectful behaviour.
“Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women. People in the industry know about his background… that he has beaten actresses, he has molested them. His behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it.”
She further went on to say:
“Everyone has gossiped about this but have never spoken. People with this kind of character speak like this against the kind of character that I have because they say she does glamorous roles so must be glamorous and all. Behind the back, they are so dirty. When you are in the industry you hear so many stories about these actors. But these things never take surface because they are PR packaged very well. They will give some money to some poor farmers. How much they do and how much they don’t, no one knows. But all this is just for show.”
Tanushree while speaking to News18 about the same issue, opined that the situation won’t improve until top actors in the industry start boycotting actors like Nana Patekar.
“Akshay Kumar has made few films with Nana Patekar in last eight years and Rajinikanth also recently worked with him (in Kaala)… If such big stars will keep working with these culprits then there’s no hope for any movement to happen.”
It would be interesting to see how Nana Patekar reacts to the situation and Tanushree’s allegations. But what we believe that there have been cases of harassment in the industry and there needs to be an end to it. No movement will be able to do anything until one shows an attitude of respect towards women of our country.