After the actress went public with her accusation against Nana Patekar and, later, Vivek Agnihotri, several prominent members of the film industry are slowly stepping out on social media to support her.
Tanushree Dutta case: Sonam Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Anurag Kashyap, Hansal Mehta join chorus for justice
Mumbai - 28 Sep 2018 23:00 IST
Updated : 29 Sep 2018 2:37 IST
Tanushree Dutta's pleas for the Hindi film industry to raise its voice in her support seem to have finally fallen on the right ears.
After the actress made her charge against veteran actor Nana Patekar, director Rakesh Sarang, and choreographer Ganesh Acharya of misbehaving with her on the sets of Horn OK Pleassss (2009), and later Chocolate (2005) director Vivek Agnihotri, several members of the film industry have stepped out in support of the actress.
After actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and actresses Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha and Priyanka Chopra spoke up, several directors and artistes have also been emboldened to step up and voice their support for the actress.
Actress Sonam K Ahuja, daughter of Patekar's contemporary Anil Kapoor, took to Twitter to support the statements issued by film journalist Janice Sequiera and Dutta, stating that 'it is up to us to stand together'.
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. https://t.co/sF3mS5o1P8— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 28, 2018
The actress admitted that several more of her 'co-workers' have been bullied and harassed but added that 'it is their story to tell'.
Many of my co-workers,female and male have been harassed and bullied, but it’s their story to tell. If we don’t encourage their voices and instead vilify and question them, how will victims ever become survivors? Let them speak up! Stand up with them!— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) September 28, 2018
While many felt the males in the industry have been sidestepping the issue, director Anurag Kashyap picked up the baton, tweeting that any speculation on the 'intention of the survivor' needs to stop after the evidence given by the journalist and an assistant director who were present on the sets.
This should stop the speculation .. about the intention of the survivor https://t.co/1R9Zs12DIM— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 28, 2018
Comedian Vir Das had some apt advice to men wishing to support the #MeToo movement, asking them to 'shut up and listen' to women coming out with their experiences.
For men, a big part of the #MeToo movement is listening to women tell their story. Supporting them with belief. #TanushreeDutta is telling hers. Be a good man, shut your mouth, and listen to it. There are many many more like it in our industry. And they deserve to be heard.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) September 28, 2018
Would just like to put this out there. An actor's professional choices should not dictate how they get treated in the work place. All work places must be safe and fair.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) September 28, 2018
If you're bringing up an actors filmography to justify the harrasment they faced....you're a piece of shit.
Actress Parineeti Chopra echoed a similar sentiment saying Dutta as a survivor deserves respect for having faced the humiliating experience and come out of it.
Another outspoken director to step up in support of Dutta was Hansal Mehta. Mehta suggested that doubters in the industry need to ask 'what we can do now' rather than questioning the timing of Dutta's revelation.
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) September 28, 2018
I am aware of a journalist who has been working on a piece about sexual harassment in Bollywood since nearly a year. Is his publication stopping the investigative piece from being published or is the journalist afraid that he will lose his access to stars because of his findings?— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) September 28, 2018
With these statements, the support, at least online, for the actress seems to be growing. Whether this would translate into real action is moot.