It was back in 2014 when Preity Zinta courageously stood up against her ex-boyfriend Ness Wadia and filed a molestation case against him. And now in 2018, being a part of the Me Too movement, it was Tanushree Dutta who reiterated her ten year old story of being sexually harassed by veteran actor Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss .
Among the many actors backing the Me Too movement, Preity too joined the bandwagon and shared her views. Talking about it to a leading daily, the actress said, “See, first of all as a society in India when anything of this sort happens we don’t want to accept it and want to brush it under the carpet. I think that all these things are coming out is a very positive step because unless you identify the problem, you cannot find solution to it.”
Speaking about her own experience, the actress said, “Having said that this is not a man Vs woman thing at all. I have been here for 20 years and I have never had a situation like that, guys have been wonderful. Again having said that, it doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I think it is very important to be compassionate when somebody speaks up. And when people say, ‘why didn’t you speak up then?’ It’s very difficult to. Even in my case (Ness Wadia molestation case), when I first spoke up, a female journalist in Delhi was saying that I am doing this for publicity. Really? You think women want this kind of publicity? Because the backlash you get is unbelievable. I think hence this movement is a positive step as you have to have an environment which is conducive for people to work. Pride and self-respect is a fundamental right, you cannot mistreat people. At the same time, you also have to manage expectations.”
Talking about Tanushree Dutta, the actress further concluded, “My heart goes out to all the women including Tanushree. A the end of the day, all they are asking for is an apology, they are not asking for his neck on the line or blood, look at what’s happen. So I think it is fair.”
Stick to this space for the latest in Bollywood!