With various sexual harassment allegations on eminent personalities from the Bollywood fraternity such as Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl and Nana Patekar, one can say that the #MeToo movement has reached the Hindi film industry. In the wake of the movement that had earlier taken Hollywood by storm, former actress Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Tanushree's fight for justice has now taken a legal turn. Meanwhile, Dutta's brave step has now pushed several victims to share their stories. The recent one to share her story is Bollywood actress Chitrangada Singh.
The actress in an interview to Bollywood Hungama stated that she too faced harassment on the sets of 'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz' and that her co-actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui did not come out in support when the producers and the directors of the show harassed her over a particular scene. Supposedly, the actress was to do a love-making scene with the leading actor, but when she refused because she was uncomfortable, she was subjected to a lot of taunts.
Further, while speaking at the interview, Singh revealed that she had pleaded the makers and told them she was not comfortable with doing the scene and on expressing discomfort, the director told her not to create a fuss and just do what is required. She added that she was threatened and intimidated to do it, and due to the scene, some of the crew members were also mortified.
She also revealed that her co-actor Nawazuddin just sat there and waited for the storm to blow over. She further expressed that Nawazuddin could have taken a stand against it, but decided not to.
With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, various Bollywood celebrities have been named with new ones keep emerging every other day. Apart from them, renowned writer Chetan Bhagat has been accused of sexual misconduct by an anonymous victim after she shared screenshots of her chat with the author.
Further, television actor Alok Nath has been accused of rape by popular 90's show 'Tara' producer Vinta Nanda. In a detailed post on Facebook, she also mentioned that Alok Nath was an alcoholic, and accused him of allegedly being inappropriate with the lead actress of the show, Navneet Nishan.
Several Bollywood A-listers have spoken out in support of all those victims of sexual misconduct. From Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Twinkle Khanna, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhasker, Sophie Chaudhary, to Farhan Akhtar, and others are supporting all those raising their voice against this practice.
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