A day after Dutta reopened the window on the 10-year-old incident and specifically named Patekar, there was a furious discussion on social media platforms and other media outlets but the film industry itself was mostly silent.
With Tanushree Dutta ousting her assaulters and making shocking revelations, everyone has something to say.
"What can I do about it?"
"I am not aware of this dear let me know, let me understand what is happening". Yesterday, Mr Patekar told Times Now that he was considering suing Ms Dutta and said, "What do you mean sexual harassment? There were 50-100 people on the set with me", Patekar said when asked about the allegations. He signed off by saying, "I will see what can be done legally". The actor also alleged that Patekar had the tacit support of the film's makers.
Sharing Sequeira's post director Anurag Kashyap said people should stop questioning the victim. "If somebody wanted to do it, why do it in front of everyone?" It is fear and intimidation tactic.
In an interview with NDTV she said that throughout the ten years there were several instances when her father and even her spot boy had been repeatedly called to police stations owing to the on-going police case related to the issue.
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At the trailer launch of their film, Thugs of Hindostan, actors Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan were among the first to be asked about the allegations. While some people are applauding her for showing courage and speaking out her truth, others are sceptical. With the calls for a #MeToo movement getting stronger in India, many on social media have lent support to Tanushree for her courageous stand and called out on Bollywood for their silence on the issue.
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While Big B said that he was neither Tanushree nor Nana to comment, Aamir said that without knowing the veracity of the details of the incident, it was not right for him to comment on it.
When Dutta had raised the issue in 2008, Patekar had denied the claims. My parents were there inside and even I was inside, it was horrific.They made sure that we did not escape from the studio, they locked the gates and then the cops came and they got us out.
Bollywood veteran Bachchan, 75, when asked in a TV show what he thought about allegations made by Dutta, said, "Neither my name is Tanushree nor Nana Patekar". In the interview, Tanushree states that the incident took place during the shoot of the 2005 movie, Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets.
Nana on Thursday said to a news channel: "What can I do about what one says?"