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    #MeToo hits Bollywood: Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Farhan Akhtar tweet in support of Tanushree Dutta

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    Dutta recently spoke about facing sexual harassment at the hands of actor Nana Patekar on a film set a decade ago.

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    Clockwise from left: Tanushree Dutta, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, and Twinkle Khanna.
    MUMBAI: Bollywood celebrities like Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Hansal Mehta among many others have come out in support of actress Tanushree Dutta, who has spoken up about her sexual harassment at the hands of veteran actor Nana Patekar on a film set a decade ago.

    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.

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    In a statement to Mirror Now, Nana Patekar said, "What can I do about what one says?"

    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.


    Chopra's sister, actress Parineeti Chopra also tweeted in support


    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.


    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."



    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."


    '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" .


    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."




    Director Anurag Kashyap also lent his voice to the movement.


    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."


    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!"


    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.












    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

    Actress Tanushree Dutta on Tuesday alleged that Nana Patekar had intimidated and harassed her on the sets of the 2009 film Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss. Dutta had been signed for a song in the film but was later replaced by Rakhi Sawant. Dutta first made the allegations in 2008. Patekar had denied them at the time.

    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."


    From Harvey Weinstein To Bill Cosby's Trials & Convictions: #TimesUp Sends Clear Message

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    It 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
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