Tanushree, a former beauty queen, who had first raised the allegation against the actor in 2008, brought the spotlight once again on her unpleasant experience of working with Nana during the shooting of "Horn 'Ok' Pleassss", in a recent interview.
While speaking to IANS, Tanushree said it was because of Nana's powerful position as a National Award winning actor that her voice had remained suppressed for so long.
Here's what the celebrities have tweeted:
Priyanka Chopra: Agreed..the world needs to believe survivors.
Agreed..the world needs to #BelieveSurviviors https://t.co/ia82UsCkkq— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) 1538108321000
Chopra's sister, actress Parineeti Chopra also tweeted in support
I agree too. Survivors are survivors because they have dealt with something and come out on the other side. So beli… https://t.co/zzlnDnbTJo— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) 1538116726000
Farhan Akhtar, who has launched a social campaign Men Against Rape and Discrimination or MARD in 2013, re-tweeted a string of posts by an eyewitness about the details of Tanushree's ordeal.
"This thread is very telling. Janice (Sequeira, who at that time was with a news channel) was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when Tanushree Dutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago, she did not. And her story has not changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned," Farhan said.
This thread is very telling. @janiceseq85 was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when… https://t.co/q9VCNY1Ecc— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 1538067585000
Sonam K Ahuja said, "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."
I believe #TanushreeDatta and @janiceseq85 recollection of the account. Janice is my friend, and she is anything bu… https://t.co/fDdk9224fn— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) 1538120949000
Many of my co-workers,female and male have been harassed and bullied, but it’s their story to tell. If we don’t enc… https://t.co/IN6wsA5k5X— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) 1538123840000
Actress Richa Chadha wrote that "It hurts to be Tanushree Dutta right now. 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 did not back down -- (that) takes a special courage to be Tanushree Dutta."
It hurts to be #TanushreeDutta rn. To be alone, questioned. No woman wants publicity that opens the floodgates of t… https://t.co/FnB4MyZL53— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) 1538070166000
'Mr. and Mrs. Iyer'-actress Konkona Sen also shared the thread, saying, "We all know the reality of the power imbalance that exists in the workplace" .
Please read this thread. We all know the reality of the power imbalance that exists in the workplace. Let us encour… https://t.co/f4O9hc8gQ3— Konkona Sensharma (@konkonas) 1538126328000
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted: "India in general does not have a conducive work environment. Mental harassment, abuse and predatorial behaviour by people in positions of power are prevalent and considered perks of being in power. Years of oppression and colonial rule have permanently altered our DNA."
India in general does not have a conducive work environment. Mental harassment, abuse and predatorial behaviour by… https://t.co/Drzwzxbf6E— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) 1538100825000
Will this also die a natural death with no formal complaint, no proper investigation and no punitive action against… https://t.co/fHT4Kld9tA— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) 1538096775000
We must stop asking 'what did you about it then' and start asking 'what can we do about it now'. It's now or never.— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) 1538108349000
Director Anurag Kashyap also lent his voice to the movement.
This should stop the speculation .. about the intention of the survivor https://t.co/1R9Zs12DIM— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) 1538122848000
Actress Swara Bhasker re-tweeted a series of posts and wrote: "This is a long thread, but one that must be read.... lots of clues here as to why Bollywood's #MeToo moment is so far away. Because we don't want to hear these voices."
A female assistant director on set of the film speaks up. #IBelieveYouTanushreeDutta https://t.co/SjH0foQKbu— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) 1538110054000
Producer, author and wife of actor Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna tweeted: "Please read this thread before judging or shaming Tanushree Dutta - 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!"
Please read this thread before judging or shaming #TanushreeDutta a working environment without harassment and inti… https://t.co/wuZNwHPeaR— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) 1538109617000
Sequeira on Wednesday tweeted a thread recalling the unsavoury episode saying "some incidents that take place even a decade ago remain fresh in your memory. What happened with Tanushree is one such incident.
Some incidents that take place even a decade ago remain fresh in your memory. What happened with #TanushreeDutta on… https://t.co/7FWlfm6b6A— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948955000
I was a cub reporter in 2008, assigned by AajTak and Headlines Today to cover the BTS of a song being shot for this… https://t.co/fo74PPlvO5— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948956000
I could see Tanushree on set, visibly upset about something. #NanaPatekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and a man (… https://t.co/r4M2rrdRPh— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948957000
A while later, shooting resumed. Tanushree resumed work, and a couple shots later, #NanaPatekar joined her. Not lon… https://t.co/LL8phV11FT— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948958000
Out of nowhere, goons turned up and began banging against the vanity van door. I was told the producers had called… https://t.co/H4qbgPvbBm— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948958000
Eventually, Tanushree’s parents arrived to pick her up. Her car was attacked, the windshield broken. I tried to get… https://t.co/w6TKZaJsyQ— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948959000
Tanushree told me that after three days of rehearsals, Ganesh Acharya changed every step on the day of shoot.… https://t.co/CPCZU60aDE— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948960000
Later, she said, a lewd dance step was introduced on the insistence of #NanaPatekar, so he could touch her inapprop… https://t.co/jVRE5O6AX6— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948960000
The chat I had with Dutta hours after the incident was identical to the account she’s come out with now. How could… https://t.co/Ki08FqFUQJ— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537948961000
For anyone who’s either going to be ignoring or downplaying Dutta’s account as a desperate call for attention and q… https://t.co/BdAnbQof0z— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537950860000
This was a decade ago. It could have possibly been the first instance of a Bollywood actress calling out sexual pre… https://t.co/T3WS1iRc1e— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) 1537950879000
She said she had seen how the actress was visibly upset about something on the sets while Nana, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and the producer huddled around.
She said: "Amidst this chaos, I got hold of #NanaPatekar. All he said was, "Meri beti jaisi hai", which didn't really make any sense at that point." It was only later that she realised.
Sequeira said: "The chat I had with Dutta hours after the incident was identical to the account she's come out with now. How could a person's version remain the same a decade later if there wasn't any truth to it?(Our chat was off-the-record, even though she went on to give interviews later.)
Nana on Thursday said to a news channel: "What can I do about what one says? You tell me. What does it mean by sexual harrassment."
Nana Patekar denies sexual harassment allegations by Tanushree Dutta
In a shock to many of his fans and supporters, megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday dodged commenting on the episode saying: "Neither am I Tanushree, nor am I Nana," which invited trolls galore.
Taking a dig at the Big B's response, actor Varun Grover tweeted, "Neither am #TanushreeDutta nor #NanaPatekar but even a cursory knowledge of gender-based power-dynamics & ugliness of male behaviour in this world should inform us that she's telling the truth. Telling your stories is the way things will change."
Neither am #TanushreeDutta nor #NanaPatekar but even a cursory knowledge of gender-based power-dynamics & ugliness… https://t.co/boG4V4k9o7— वरुण (@varungrover) 1538121622000
From Harvey Weinstein To Bill Cosby's Trials & Convictions: #TimesUp Sends Clear Message
Hollywood's Walk Of ShameIt all started with Harvey Weinstein in 2017 and four months in to 2018 and now with Bill Cosby's conviction, things are certainly looking up for the #MeToo movement. The number of cases of sexual harassment in Hollywood that have come to light since 2017 has been outstanding. It could also be called the 'Weinstein Effect'. Many of the women who spoke out against Weinstein -- Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan -- are famous names. 2018 has been no different and in a breakthrough trial, after decades of whispers, lawsuits, investigations and close calls - and a multitude of women who lost hope anyone would ever believe their word against that of America's Dad - Bill Cosby could be headed to prison at age 80 for the remainder of his life. Cosby's conviction will only bolster the #MeToo movement. But they weren't alone, it was almost like a Pandora's Box was opened and a lot of names came out. Let's look at all the accused men:
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6 Comments on this Story
Kishore Shivani648 days ago
ALL THESE ITEM GIRLS WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET A ROLE A WOMEN IN RED LIGHT AREA SELLS HER BODY FOR PAYMENT BUT THEY ARE HONEST ABOUT IT THE ITEM GIRLS SELL THEIR BODIES FOR A ROLL BUT DO NOT WANT TO BE HONESTV ABOUT IT.
Mangipudi Vasudev653 days ago
We can ignore rantings of these filming people. It is a murky world. But there are millions of women in the world outside ,who suffer in jobs or in houses and we should be concerned with those women ,who have honour,but no money,glamour,
publicity, name or fame ,or media coverage.
Jahil Bhatija653 days ago
nana ko pana lagne waala hai. so much propaganda people tum behind that man. ngo, donation, simplicity wagerah wagerah. it all boils downs to end up as, Bencho kaamraj Nikla. AFA Tanu ji is concerned, your mistake began, when you didn''t report it to the police. now after 10years, it would all boil down to morality and public shaming,but Mr Nana still goes unpunished