Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment allegations against Nana Patekar have got the industry divided. While the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Renuka Shahane, Raveena Tandon, Twinkle Khanna, Anurag Kashyap and Konkona Sen Sharma have raised their voice and expressed support to Tanushree, a few Bollywood biggies including Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan evaded from answering the question.
Joining the wagon of celebrities who have supported Tanushree and urged people not to silence women are Namaste England actors Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor. Parineeti urged women to come and speak out and shared that if they don’t open up now, they will be forever suppressed.
She told news agency PTI, “If there are victims, especially women in the industry, actresses who have faced this, I want every woman to come out and speak. If they don’t speak now, they will forever be suppressed.”
She added that had she been through this experience, she’d never have kept quiet and said, “Personally I’ve never gone through such an experience, if God forbid this happened with me I would have never kept quiet.”
Parineeti went on to say that even though she’s not taking sides, it’s important for people to raise their voice. She has been quoted as saying, “Keeping quiet is not the solution ever. This is something very serious which has happened to someone, if it has happened. I’m not taking sides because I wasn’t there. If it has happened, it’s the worst thing that can happen to a woman. If we can’t feel protected in our industry, country, how can I live, or work? I hope it’s untrue but if it has happened then we will all support her, even the men.”
Her Namaste England co-star Arjun Kapoor, too, opened up about the issue and said that he has sisters in the film industry and beyond and he wants to make sure they feel safe. He has been quoted as saying, “I have two sisters in this industry and two others working elsewhere. I hope every woman feels safe.”
He added that “this happens everywhere” and now that one person has mustered up the courage to speak up, people need to understand that “it’s important to listen first.” He has been quoted as saying, “She deserves to be heard, before hurling judgements, taking sides, pointing fingers or asking if this will be a movement. You have to understand it first.”
For the uninitiated, Tanushree has accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of their 2008-film Horn Ok Pleassss. She has also accused him of not just being aggressive but also calling political goons on set when she refused to give in to his demands of performing a particular step which made her feel uncomfortable.