Over the past one week, a lot of hulaboo has been made around the Tanushree Dutta- Nana Patekar controversy. The former beauty queen and actress has claimed that she was harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of the movie Horn OK Pleassss. In her statement, she has also shed light on an incident of bullying and intimidation on the sets of her movie Chocolate by director Atul Agnihotri. The actress went missing from the Bollywood fraternity some 10 years back and now with these claims, she’s back to show the industry’s deep dark secrets.
People are questioning why now? Is Tanushree Dutta trying to make a comeback? Is she trying to grab eyeballs, just like a wannabe? Why has she spoken up after 10 years ?
Claims of her wanting to make a comeback seem baseless, considering her non glam avatar currently, and the fact that her statement has found valid takers. While on one hand celebs like Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Swara Bhaskara, Kalki, Kangana and Frieda Pinto are showing full support, most men- Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar etc are steering clear of making any statement. And Nana Patekar’s attorneys have in fact lodged a complaint against Tanushree, seeking an apology for tarnishing Nana’a image in public.
The fact that she has spoken after a 10 years of living away from the public eye in the US only speaks about a woman’s turmoil and internal conflict that she battles. It speaks about her pain and trauma, her helplessness and fear, her dismay at being a woman in a male dominated industry. If she didn’t speak up, it could be because she wasn’t ready to stake her career at that time, or that she was so threatened by the attack on her and her family, that she quietly decided to just vanish. It could be anything.
What does this whole story teach us? That it’s too late to seek justice? That Bollywood is full of such unspoken horrors and misogyny? That the Mumbai underbelly has connects with Bollywood and they work in a secret harmony? That men in power consider committing blunders of criminal proportions as their entitlements and expect to get away unharmed each time, just because they are MEN? There are so many questions that will be raised and will eventually die down.
Because that’s how the cookie crumbles.
If anything, we must applaud Tanushree for speaking up. We must back up a fellow woman who has faced this harassment so that others can be warned. She should be served justice to show the world that UNSAFE isn’t the only world for women in India. To show that pain, no matter how old needs to be addressed. The future is Female. Let’s keep that belief strong and hope that justice is served.