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The Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar controversy is all scattered out in the nation currently and this is battle which is worth fighting. For ages, everyone knew that Bollywood is a bad place for many reasons but no one spoke about it openly and many of the stars, actors and actresses have faced many struggles for sexual predators roaming around in the industry and its high time that such issues are eradicated. Ever since Tanushree Dutta came out recently to reclaim justice about being sexually harrassed by veteran actor Nana Patekar, the internet is taken by storm.
Freida Pinto, who recently starred in ‘Love Sonia’ wrote “I Believe Tanushree Dutta!” in Twitter. In the same post, Pinto said, “I don’t need to know her personally, neither have been present on that horrendous day she got bullied, abused both sexually and psychologically, intimidated and shut down in order to corroborate her story. However, I do know what truth, hurt and abuse sound like.”
The actress was surely bothered by the matter but tried to boost the morale of Tanushree by writing “Don’t look to just your superstars to speak up. Be your own role model and follow the voice of your conscience.”
Writer-director and actor Nandita Das, who delivered ‘Manto’ very recently also shared her support in the issue. The director of ‘Manto’ said “The more women speak up, the more it will give confidence to others who have been abused and will serve as a deterrent to those who also have felt they can get away with it. While #MeToo, and now #AfterMeToo which is also garnering momentum in the West, it is #TimesUp that resonates the most with me. It is a movement that doesn’t solely put the onus on the victims and instead invokes a sense of shared responsibility in all of us — both men and women”.
While speaking to The Indian Express, Freida Pinto said, “It’s a good time to be a woman, to be in the fields of cinema and television. There are several women-centric shows, such as Orange is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, which have done very well. That’s definitely driving home the point that female protagonists are grabbing attention.”
On the work front Pinto is playing the part of the much-anticipated movie ‘Mowgli’ and let the empowerment shine up and finally the world reaches upto the equality everyone deserves!
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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