In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Tanushree Dutta has broken her silence on the 2008 incident that allegedly changed her lookout of the film industry. In an interview with ANI, she opened up about the details of the incident calling out veteran actor Nana Patekar for his "aggresive behavior" on the sets of her film 'Horn OK Please'.
Speaking about the incident in her interview, she said, "All these cases have come in the forefront a lot.Just a couple of days back when the nun case happened some guy apparently said that you enjoyed it for the 12 times and you are complaining for the thirteenth time. Ignorance of our country and people right from the law enforncement uptil til the higher up ministers. The complexities of the human psychology. It doesn't matter when the person is speaking what matters is that the person is speaking."
She also shed light on how cases of rape are far worse than that of harassment. "With me I spoke about it in 2008 but somebody who is a rape survivor is going to take time to come out and speak because what they have gone through is far worse than harassment."
A tweet shared by the news agency reads from the interview, "He was very aggressive, and was pushing me around and misbehaving with me on the set. My complaint was not heard.He also demanded to do an intimate step with me even though it was my solo dance. It was total harassment: Actor Tanushree Dutta on Nana Patekar."
When asked about the kind of action she demands post her statement, she said, "He's not the end goal of this discussion. He's the reason why this discussion has started. Of course I want the industry to ban from doing films just so the other actors know that you can't get away with a behaviour like that but I want people to understand that my fight is not with Nana Patekar or Ganesh Acharya. It is about creating the awareness in the society whenever a girl speaks up, why do you want to shut her up? Why do you put allegations on her character, why does your brain go into a cued sense that she is lying or disapprove her."
Calling it an awareness initiative, the actress spoke how this entire situation spiraled saying, "It wasn't my intention to create a movement, it happened on its own. During an interview when I was asked about why me too movement isn't taking place in the country. So I said how will the me too movement even take place here when 10 years back something that happened to me was paid no heed by the people in the industry itself."
(Inputs from ANI)
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