Chitrangda Singh, Freida Pinto, Parineeti Chopra tweet support for Tanushree Dutta after harassment revelation

FP Staff

September 28, 2018 14:52:10 IST

Tanushree Dutta recently opened up about an alleged sexual harassment incident which occurred 10 years ago. The actress accused Nana Patekar of inappropriate and aggressive behaviour on the sets of 2009 film Horn 'OK' Pleassss, which ultimately pushed her to retract from the project. Arousing the debate on whether the #MeToo movement would succeed in Bollywood, Dutta had revealed that no one came to her support a decade ago when she spoke about Patekar's alleged behaviour.

From left to right: Tanushree Dutta, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhasker. Images from Facebook

From left to right: Tanushree Dutta, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhasker. Images from Facebook

(Also read — Tanushree Dutta accuses Vivek Agnihotri of harassment: Irrfan Khan, Suneil Shetty stood up for me)

Actress Sapna Pabbi, known for her work in Anil Kapoor-starrer TV series 24, spoke out in support of Tanushree Dutta, recounting her own encounter with sexism at workplace. In an Instagram post, she said that she was forced to wear a bikini for a song sequence by a director, despite her discomfort.


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#ibelievetanushreedutta #hertoo These are my experiences, my thoughts, my opinions and my feelings. Just sharing 🙏🏼❤️☮️

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Chitrangada Singh, too, came out in support of Dutta and congratulated the actress for standing up and taking names of her perpetrators. “I totally support Tanushree and kudos to her for standing up, taking names and saying exactly what happened with her. It takes a lot of guts to do what she’s doing and to be able to come forward after all these years. I’m pretty sure she knew what will happen when she speaks up - the trolling, the comments, the opposition" She further said, "Whatever her reason is to come out now and not come out then, doesn’t make a difference, what matters is that she’s telling her truth. And if she is, it should be heard, it doesn’t matter when you tell it. There are so many rape or molestation victims who might not have been in a state of mind to talk about an incident when it happened and choose to speak up later. It doesn’t matter when you say it, but if it’s the truth, it has to be heard.” Shilpa Shetty said that her empathised with Tanushree, stating that no woman should go through any kind of indignity . "As a woman I don’t think any woman should go through any kind of indignity. I don’t know the details but my heart goes out to Tanushree if she been through any kind of trauma that she’s talked about." she said, as per News18. Love Sonia star Freida Pinto shared an Instagram post with an image that read " I Believe Tanushree Dutta", on 2 October. The post drew a parallel with Dr Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her.

 

 

 

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  Today, I interrupt my feed for a bit from all the fashion week poses to stand by what I truly Believe. I Believe Tanushree Dutta! I don't need to know her personally, neither have been present on that horrendous day she got bullied, abused both sexually and psychologically, intimidated and shut down inorder to corroborate her story. However, I do know what Truth, Hurt and Abuse sounds like. The same way millions of people in the world know that Dr. Christine Blasey- Ford is NOT a Liar or an attention seeking, tantrum throwing overgrown child. I add my voice to the other voices coming out in support of Tanushree's bravery because God knows this is not going to be easy for you, Tanushree. But what you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up. Also, even if someone speaks up ( and in Tanushree's case- speaks up AGAIN) 10 years later, it doesn't dilute or nullify a factual, verified, double verified truth. Her story is not a carton of milk that expires after a few days, ready to be discarded. So trolls : please do what you do best but it is not going to change the Truth. India - Stand Up, Speak Up. Don't look to just your superstars to speak up. Be your own role models and follow the voice of your conscience. Follow the truth and stand by a woman's right to be her own wind keeper. You may just end up setting an example for many others who probably need your grit and courage to speak up. I SUPPORT TANUSHREE DUTTA.   A post shared by Freida Pinto (@freidapinto) on

Recently, Richa Chadha, a well-known voice of dissent against sexual harassment in Bollywood, has spoken up about the issue. Chadha took to her official Twitter handle to defend Dutta's claims. Chadha responded to news that claimed that Tanushree's confessions on the matter were a mere publicity stunt. Richa tweeted saying that no woman would expose herself to ridicule and insensitive trolling just for the sake of publicity.

Actor-cum-director Farhan Akhtar also came out in Tanushree's support by highlighting Janice Sequeira's Twitter thread where she claimed to be on the sets of the film and witnessed the harassment that Dutta had to face when she refused to dance with Patekar. Akhtar reiterated Janice's statement and said that Tanushree's courage should be lauded rather than her motives questioned.

Priyanka Chopra tweeted agreeing with Akhtar's statement, saying that the world ought to believe the survivors of such harassment.

Sonam Kapoor voiced her support as well.

Parineeti Chopra tagged sister Priyanka's tweet and voiced the fact that the issue needs to come out in public.

Konkona Sensharma spoke out as well, lauding Dutta's courage to come out and speak.

Director Anurag Kashyap tagged Janice's tweet mentioning that all speculations revolving around Tanushree's intentions should immediately stop.

Actor Siddharth spoke up about the issue stating that accounts of sexual abuse should be heard irrespective of time.

Raveena Tandon and Chitrangada Singh spoke out as well.

Comedian Vir das defended Dutta saying her filmography was completely disconnected to her statements on sexual harassment.

Swara Bhasker also tweeted out saying she believed Tanushree's account.

Sacred Games actor Kubbra Sait said that she was thankful to Janice Sequeira for standing by Tanushree Dutta in her difficult times, declaring that she supports the actress.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta too posted a series of tweets, in support of Tanushree Dutta

Twinkle Khanna tweeted out saying that it was essential for actors to get a safe working environment during work.

Recently, Shyni Shetty, who claims that the 2009 film was her first project as an Assistant Director, confirmed Sequeira's account on her Twitter thread saying that the series of incidents happened exactly as Sequeira reported.

A recent report in NDTV states that Dutta had even gone on to criticise Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar for continuing to work with Patekar despite knowing about the goings-on on the film set.

Nana Patekar responded to Dutta's allegations by denying the claims and saying that he would consider legally taking an action against the actress.

Disclaimer: Janice Sequeira is the host and creator of Firstpost's show Social Media Superstar

Updated Date: Oct 05, 2018 10:38 AM