It was a few weeks ago that Tanushree Dutta sparked a much needed movement by naming certain individuals in the #MeToo campaign.
The actress spoke openly about being sexually harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of ‘Horn Ok Please’ (2008). However, she has expressed her disappointment at certain actresses not coming forward with their accounts.
In an interview with Mid-Day, Dutta said, “This is a spark that has ignited the consciousness of people. True, the initial burst is over, but now it will remain in people’s minds and help cleanse the industry. The movement started with Bollywood and then, women, who never thought they would speak up, came forward.”
She added, “People have been conditioned to think that it’s okay for men to behave inappropriately and actresses have to compromise without complaining. Fortunately, the newer generation is opinionated and will phase out the patriarchal thinking. People have been dropped from projects, studios have become careful to not hire names that are accused. [Having said that,] it’s disappointing that not many actresses have spoken up on the matter. They probably gave themselves over to their ambitions. Some stories of Swara [Bhasker] and Kangana’s [Ranaut] struggles have been chronicled, but several others disappeared.”
Dutta also admitted that her police complaint against Patekar was moving slower than expected. She said, “The cases go on for decades, and society stigmatises the victim. Even in my case, it took me four hours when I went to record my statement. After that, I was trolled and got legal notices. No arrests have been made so far.”