Tanushree's allegations of sexual harassment in Bollywood and the mysterious silence adopted of some of the industry's big names sum up their attitude towards women's dignity in general. And though Patekar himself has denied all allegations, journalist Janice Sequeira came forward in support of Tanushree, claiming she had witnessed the incident go down.
"We've sent her a notice for making false allegations".
"However, at one point she stormed out of the set and locked herself in her vanity van. So believe them, respect them", she wrote. He also reminded the journalist that this event doesn't demand a question like this, while also throwing a dig at her saying that it is a "sporting event so be sporting".
Tanushree's allegation is being seen as one that is likely to kickstart Bollywood's own #MeToo movement. To be alone, questioned. "Actor Swara Bhasker posted a video on Twitter with the caption, that could be read as, "#IBelieveYouTanushreeDutta". "You tell me", and contemplated taking legal action.
Dutta even told India Today that when on Nana's insistence, Ganesh Acharya (the choreographer on the film set) changed the dance steps to include certain inappropriate moves, he did not have the conscience to realise that he was committing a crime, "Acharya didn't even realise that he was doing something wrong in obeying Nana".
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Twinkle Khanna, in another response to Janice's tweets, wrote, "Please read this thread before judging or shaming #TanushreeDutta a working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this courageous woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us!" "I don't like Mumbai but then also, I come here to meet you".
Asked about the issue that was trending on social media and was the subject of many discussions all over, Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan evaded a direct answer. "I am not aware of this. If we see what is going on, I am not aware of what you are talking about".
Sonam Kapoor went on to add, "Many of my co-workers, female and male have been harassed and bullied, but it's their story to tell".
"Please read this thread before judging or shaming #TanushreeDutta a working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this courageous woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us", she wrote. If we don't encourage their voices and instead vilify and question them, how will victims ever become survivors? "Stand up with them", she tweeted.
Twinkle said a healthy working environment is a fundamental right.