Update on Tanushree Dutta’s against Nana Patekar
It has been more than a week since Tanushree Dutta opened up about the harassment that she faced on the sets of ‘Horn OK Pleassss’. Since then, things have changed. From pretending to not having internet connection to now agreeing with Tanu, some Bollywood celebrities have stood by her. Why the mention of having no internet? Well, don’t you think it’s weird how they responded to her allegations more than two days after? Is it even weirder that they retweeted Janice Sequeira when they declared their support? Like if Tanushree’s allegations weren’t enough or as if they didn’t know how Nana Patekar is.
It is also a wonder how the big stars or top stars, besides Varun Dhawan, didn’t say a word. The ones, who were asked, didn’t give out a proper answer. The ones, who were not asked, are probably thanking their good stars that they don’t have a film to promote or don’t have to appear in front of the media. Despite that, there have been other updates since we last reported.
Rakhi Sawant, the queen of public drama, invited journalists to a press conference where she trashed Tanushree Dutta, like if Tanu ran away with her husband or something. The hate, wow! Rakhi accused Tanu of being a drug addict. She called her a liar and then asked the media that if tomorrow Tanushree says Amitabh Bachchan has raped her, will you all run the story? Amitabh, a legend, will you run the story?
We watched the whole conference and afterwards, had to go get our brains fixed! It’s just unbelievable! For real!!! Bear in mind that Rakhi was not there and she came in after this whole drama happened. According to her, she is defending Bollywood, that’s why she is speaking out. In the middle of this conference, she took out her phone and showed reporters the song. Only she knows why! She said, Nana didn’t even touch her and she was the one who had to ask him to touch her! WTH!
Footage of what happened that day was re-released earlier this week. Remember, when Tanu refused to shoot the song, the producers called up the media and asked them to come. Then, they called a group of goons to stop Tanu from leaving the sets. Those, who have not seen it, are obviously shocked. It’s crazy and just shows how these men, who are attacking her car are A-holes. Can’t think of other worst words, but just imagine there is a girl and her parents in the car and yet, they are pouncing on the vehicle like wild animals attacking people’s cars during safari trips. It is surprising how she managed to remain calm. Maybe it’s because her parents were with her. But just think, if these animals managed to get access to her, what would they have done?
The guy in the orange shirt is Pawan Bharadwaj and he is a cameraman. This is what he had to say:
I almost fainted, the bystanders sprinkled water on my face and I revived myself and realised that their car had been stopped near the exit gate by a crowd. I was angry that my camera had been destroyed, I was worried about my job and so I demanded a compensation, but they did not listen to me, so I started hitting the car with my camera in my frustration.
Is he sure that water they sprinkled on him wasn’t black magic? Because what man who has just recovered from a blackout has the strength to act like a lunatic to a young girl and her parents without a care!
Wasim Akhter, another journalist, who was on the sets told the media this is what truly happened:
Tanushree Dutta walked out of the set holding her father’s hand. I was trying to get her reaction, but she was in no mood to speak. She went straight to her vanity van with her father in the tow. The cameraman is question in the video earlier, was trying poke his camera inside the vanity van, which is very wrong. We should respect everyone’s privacy. Her father forced the door close which left his camera broken. The journalist then influenced his reporter and started banging the door of the vanity van.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has spoken in favour of Tanushree
A journalist smartly asked Shakti Kapoor about Tanu’s allegations. Shakti? If that wasn’t a smart thing, we don’t know what it is. Naturally, Shakti pretended not to know anything. This is from a man, who was once caught on tape asking for sexual favours and who also has a daughter working in Bollywood.
Shakti Kapoor Says He Was a ‘Kid’ When Tanushree Dutta First Accused Nana Patekar
Dus saal pehle? Mujhe kuch maalum nahi, sir. Dus saal pehle toh main chhota sa bachcha tha. (Ten years ago? I don’t know anything, sir. I was a kid back then.)
This is the same man, who once said this:
The industry knows me as someone who always has a pretty woman in his life,” said the man himself. “My image is widely known… there isn’t a better person to judge whether a woman is a bomb or not.” And so his supposedly popular brand of humour included inquisitions about a small- town girl’s virginity, some comparison of waistlines to “a two-bedroom apartment”, and spontaneously dished out shairi of the stag party variety.
Now to the final decision makers. The “we-want-oomph” done sufficiently to death, what was the quality they were actually after? Looking like his casting dream had just come true, Shakti Kapoor stretched back on the couch and drawled: “A bomb must ooze sex. I’m looking for t*** and a**.” – Shakti Kapoor
Freida Pinto spoke up in support of Tanushree
Kajol agrees with Tanushree
What she speaks about is definitely the reality and I wouldn’t say it’s restricted to our industry. I think it’s pretty much a concern all over, which ever field we talk about.” She also stressed that men are also vulnerable to sexual harassment.
I’ve never seen it but I have heard about it and it’s always in rumour form. You never know it, no one is going to come up to you and say ‘Hey, I did this!’ I don’t know how much of it is actually the truth or not.
If it had happened in front of me, I’m sure I would have stood up or done something about it. Never happened to me. I don’t think it would have happened in front of me.
Most importantly, the whole point of the #MeToo movement is so that you can stand up for yourself even if not on a public platform. You need to stand up for yourself. You see people stand up for themselves and you stand up for yourself wherever you are.
Raveena Tandon blames the silent observers
CINTAA, the Cine and TV Artists’ Association, issued an apology to Tanushree
After going through Ms Tanushree Dutta’s complaint, which was filed with the then Executive Committee of CINTAA in March 2008, we feel that the decision taken in the Joint Dispute Settlement Committee of CINTAA & IFTPC (then known as AMPTPP) in July 2008 was not appropriate, as the chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn’t even addressed.Although it was a different Executive Committee at that time, yet as CINTAA we find it highly regrettable and no apologies can suffice, hence we mut resolve today to never allow such lapses to occur again. CINTAA stands strongly for the dignity and self respect of its members.
Sexual harassment is a serious criminal offence, unfortunately CINTAA’s Constitution bars us from taking up any case which is more than three years old. Hence we appeal to the authorities to take cognisance of Ms Dutta’s statements and conduct an impartial and speedy enquiry so that truth and justice may prevail. We also appeal to all our members to report any such incidents to us immediately. We are duty bound to give them our complete moral and legal support to ensure just and safe working conditions.
Nana Patekar wants to hold a press conference with the support of his industry friends
According to Subash K Jha
It is being said in various corners of the film industry that Nana Patekar has been reaching out for support. Now, his friends who range from Anil Kapoor and John Abraham to N Chandra and Udhav Thackeray, don’t know whether to avoid his calls or speak to him and extend their support.
The industry is sharply polarized. One section feels Nana must be named and shamed. Another feels he’s not bad-hearted, just hot-tempered . For that he can’t be send to jail.
See, the fight should not be between Tanu and Nana. Even Tanu said that she wants people to be aware and not give work to those perverts in Bollywood. This is what people should support so that no girls or boys are harassed ever again. Imagine the shame that even BBC covered how Bollywood or the film industry in India heavily indulges in couch casting or lead hero pleasing.
Only then will these young girls not feel compelled to hit on or flirt with men old enough to be their fathers. You all know who they are, as they have been featured in blind items quite often. If the movie industry gets rid of such perverts and people with power who take advantage of others, it will be a much more cleaner and honest industries.