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#MeToo strikes Bollywood: Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhasker support Tanushree

Stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, however, evaded a direct answer when asked about Tanushree's claim

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Entertainment #MeToo strikes Bollywood: Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Swara Bhasker support Tanushree
Mumbai: Bollywood stars Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Swara Bhasker and Richa Chadha have come out in support of actor Tanushree Dutta’s allegations that Nana Patekar harassed her on the sets of a film in 2008.

Stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, however, evaded a direct answer when asked about Tanushree’s claim.

In a recent TV interview, Dutta said Patekar misbehaved with her on the sets of Horn Ok Please 10 years ago. The actor, a former Miss India-Universe who is now based in the US, also alleged that Patekar had the tacit support of the film’s makers.

In a lengthy Twitter post, journalist Janice Sequeira narrated her account of the incident, provoking many from the Hindi film industry to react to Tanushree’s allegations.

“This thread is very telling. @janiceseq85 was there at the time of the incident being debated today,” Farhan wrote late Thursday alongside Sequeira’s account of the incident.

“Even when #TanushreeDutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago she did not and her story hasn’t changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned,” he added.

“Agreed… The world needs to #BelieveSurviviors,” Priyanka commented on Farhan’s post-Friday.

Richa praised Dutta for being courageous enough to open up about the harassment she faced during her time in the films.

“It hurts to be #TanushreeDutta. To be alone, questioned. No woman wants the publicity that opens the floodgates of trolling and insensitivity. What happened to her on set was intimidation. Her only fault was she didn’t back down-takes a special courage to be #TanushreeDutta” she wrote.

Twinkle said a healthy working environment is a fundamental right.

“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 brave woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us,” she wrote re-tweeting the same post shared by Farhan.

Sharing a video interview of Tanushree, Swara said “#IBelieveYouTanushreeDutta”

Actor-anchor Shruti Seth wrote, “Hope this is the beginning of the end of sexual harassment in Bollywood. I hope more women find the courage to call out their perpetrators. Bravo #TanushreeDutta”

Aamir said it would be unfair on his part to comment on the controversy without knowing the “veracity” or the “details” of the matter.

“I don’t think I can comment on it… But whenever something like this does happen it is really a sad thing. Now whether such thing has happened it is for people to investigate it,” he said.

Salman dodged the question saying he was not aware of the incident.

“I am not aware of this dear let me know, let me understand what is happening. We will see. What is going on as I am not aware of what you are talking,” he said.

“My name is not Tanushree and my name is not Nana Patekar,” Bachchan said when asked to react to Dutta’s recent TV interview.

Patekar, who had denied the claims at a press conference when Dutta raised the issue in 2008, remains unreachable despite several attempts to contact him for his version of what had happened.

Dutta’s allegations have opened a furious debate on sexual harassment in the Hindi film industry with many supporting her but others questioning her motives for raising the issue so many years later.

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