Tanushree Dutta on Amitabh's silence: Big stars are uncomfortable, some are complicit
When Tanushree Dutta opened up on sexual harassment at the hands of Nana Patekar on the sets of her 2008 film Horn Ok Pleassss in an interview a month ago, little did this forgotten heroine know that she would become the face of one of the most empowering movements in India - The #MeToo movement.
Her courage to speak up against Nana even after a decade gave many women a voice to openly name and shame their perpetrators. With each passing day, more voices joined the movement. From directors to producers to singers to music composers, women openly shamed the biggies of sexual misconduct and molestation.
When many stars like Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan openly came out in support of #MeToo movement by disassociating themselves with those who have been accused of sexual harassment, bigger names like Amitabh Bachchan decided to stay silent on Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar controversy.
At Aaj Tak Mumbai Manthan 2018, Tanushree opened up on Big B's silence on #MeToo.
The Aashiq Banaya Aapne actress said, "They are considering it a controversy, not a revival. You wait for it to pass over - when you consider it a controversy. I was on national TV 10 years ago for three days - I had a lot to lose back then. I was moving to better and bigger projects back then. I had so much to lose. But I was put in a situation because I was subjected to it. I had to defend myself. I wanted to speak to protect myself from the damages. But the whole thing blew over."
When asked about many big stars maintaining a stoic silence on such an important movement, she said, "They [big stars] are uncomfortable; some of them are complicit. A lot of people don't have my phone number [to ring me up]. Some people have come forward on social media to provide support; some have taken a stand by not working with the perpetrators. I am not on social media so I escape reading that kind of stuff [the backlash]. But I am also aware of the encouragement I am receiving."
She added, " I spent the last eight years on a spiritual path. I don't feel lonely now. It was harder 10 years ago. I needed this platform 10 years ago. If I had it 10 years ago, I wouldn't have walked away from my passion. Today, people are listening today. Der aaye, durust aaye."