During a recent interview, Tanushree Dutta took a brave decision of speaking up about her ordeal on the sets of film Horn OK Pleassss that happened 10 years ago. Dutta who was working for an item song in the film, accused Nana Patekar, the lead of the film, for assaulting her. The incident was one of those rare moments in the industry when a renowned actress openly accused a big actor like Patekar. However, Tanushree was then labelled as unprofessional and the matter died down soon. Recently, Dutta who returned to the country from USA, spoke about the incident in an interview. Taking inspiration from the #MeToo movement from the West, the actress re-narrated the story and its trails. While many are accusing her for gaining mileage, many others are rooting for her. Amidst all this BollywoodLife exclusively got in touch with Tanushree’s younger sister Ishita Dutta. Ishita, who herself is an actress in the industry, re- accounted the incident and shared her views on it.
“We are a family and we obviously knew about this as we faced it, whatever happened 10 years back was wrong. There are video footages supporting it. These instances shouldn’t happen. Not because she is an actress, even in general be it a girl or a boy, this should not happen. If it does, people should support (the victims). It’s sad that it happened but it happened,” Ishita narrated. The actress started her career in Bollywood with Ajay Devgan’s acclaimed Drishyam. Soon she shifted to TV.
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The actress appreciates that many people are coming and supporting her sister, as there is no change in her story. “What she is trying to achieve is that she is trying to set an example. If something like this happens, it is not your fault. You should not shy away from it. And speak about it.” Ishita feels that “more the people speak, speak the more awareness it will bring” and eventually such practices would be eradicated from the society.
While revisiting the time, Ishita, who was just out of college and shifted to Mumbai, implies that her family was indeed affected by it. “If you see the footages; I still remember, I was at home and I saw the video; people jumping on the car, banging the glass, the horrified and terrified face of my sister and family. I was so scared because I wasn’t there with them. I didn’t know what to do. That memory will never go away. There was a journalist banging his camera against the car. It was wrong! We come from a simple family. If there were some problem people could have just spoken. This was not the way to harass a girl and a family. Thankfully the cops came at the right time or God knows what would have happened. I’m thankful that there was somebody who had called (the cops) and saved my family that day. Of course, it does leave an image. We always remember and will never forget what happened. While we have moved on in life, it doesn’t mean I don’t remember what happened,” she said.
Ishita, 28, is working in the industry for a long time. Recently she started working on Colors’ horror anthology Kaun Hai. Fortunately, the actress has not come across any such incidents during her stint. “Every place has good people and bad people. It’s not just this industry.” She feels that since it is a media industry everything is out in the open. She further added, “I’m in the industry because my sister supported me. She was like if you want to get into this industry then you should. Why should anything stop you from doing what you want to do. Because of her support, I’m in the industry and still working today. I have come across very nice people in the industry. I have been fortunate enough to work with good people. I’ve not come across.”
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