New Delhi, Oct 5: Anushka Sharma is the latest celebrity from Bollywood who spoke in support of Tanushree Dutta over her allegations of sexual harassment against Nana Patekar on the sets of the 2008 film Horn OK Please, saying the details that she has given about her alleged harassment on a movie set are “frightening”.
Sui Dhaaga actress hailed Tanushree for opening up about her harrowing experience in an industry known for its practice of the ‘casting couch’ and said that Dutta should be respected for choosing to come out and speak her truth.
“You should not feel threatened while performing your duties, whatever profession you are in. It takes a lot of courage to come out and say these things knowing the tide that you’re going to be against. That’s the reason why a lot of people don’t speak,” ANI quoted the actress as saying.
You should not feel threatened while performing your duties, whatever profession you are in. It takes a lot of courage to come out & say these things knowing the tide that you're going to be against. That's the reason why a lot of ppl don't speak:Anushka Sharma on Tanushree Dutta pic.twitter.com/H54bw9xcSN
— ANI (@ANI) October 5, 2018
Anushka Sharma’s comments resonate with that of her Sui Dhaaga co-star Varun Dhawan, who, speaking at the Jagran Film Festival over the weekend, said he hails Ms Dutta for her courage to be speaking out about an industry, widely seen as male-dominated: “I have been busy with Sui Dhaaga, so I haven’t really heard the whole story, but I think what’s most important at a work place is respect – whether for a woman, man or a child. We want to make our industry a safe place and everyone deserves equal respect. Also if someone is openly talking about the issue, we should hear them out. It takes great courage to talk about it and I applaud that courage.”
Dutta in the recent interview alleged that Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of the film ‘Horn Ok Please’. She had accused Patekar of harassing her while shooting for a special dance number in the movie, and also accused dance choreographer Ganesh Acharya of teaming up against her.
The ‘Aashiq Banaya Aapne’ actress got support from many in the film industry which include names such as Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha and Swara Bhasker, Varun Dhawan among others.
Tanushree Dutta has also been served a legal notice by Nana Patekar asking for an apology. The actress has also received a legal notice from filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri who, she claims, asked her to strip on the sets of 2005 film Chocolate. “This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation, and injustice in India,” Ms Dutta said of the notices.