Last Updated: 01.27 PM, Jul 29, 2022
#MeToo movement flamed controversies in the Bollywood industry
Many were shocked when a few dark secrets hidden behind the glitz and glamor of the Bollywood industry were exposed. Tanushree Dutta tried unveiling one such secret about the industry by initiating the #MeToo movement, inspired by the global campaign against sexual assault on women. Women from various walks of life came forward with their stories of assault by men in power. In 2018, Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment in 2009 during the shoot of their movie 'Horn Ok Pleasss’.
Tanushree Dutta filed complaint against Nana Patekar
Following the accusation, the actress filed a complaint against the senior actor in 2018. The actress went on to say that she had spoken about it in 2008 as well, but unfortunately, no action was taken then.
The actress was supposed to do a solo dance number in the film. But Nana decided to join the song to do an intimate dance sequence. Though she felt uncomfortable, Tanushree said that she could not speak about it as the choreographer of the film, Ganesh Acharya, sided with Nana Patekar.
Rakhi Sawant, who later took over Dutta's role in the song, claimed that the latter had resorted to drugs while working on the film. Dutta filed a defamation lawsuit of Rs 10 crore against Sawant. In 2019, Nana Patekar received a clean chit from the police.
Tanushree Dutta accused Ganesh Acharya of siding of harassing her
Besides Patekar, the actress filed a police complaint against choreographer Ganesh, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang as well.
Ganesh's assistant Divya Kotian also filed a complaint against the choreographer following Tanushree's statement.
Tanushree Dutta inspired others to speak about their stories
Tanushree also stated that a certain section of Maharashtra's political elite is also responsible for her sabbatical in the film industry. She said that they made it vulnerable and unsafe for women and artists to survive.
“The Bollywood Mafia, the old political circuit of Maharashtra (which still has influence here), and nefarious anti – national criminal elements together usually operate like this to trouble people. I’m very sure the #metoo culprits & the NGO who I exposed are behind all this because why else would I be targeted & harassed like this??” Tanushree wrote in an Instagram post.
Sandhya Mridul accused Alok Nath under the #MeToo movement
Tanushree has been regular in updating her fans about her mental health and updates on her complaints. Her allegations inspired other women to come out and talk about their stories.
Popular TV actor Alok Nath was accused under the #MeToo movement. In a Facebook post, TV writer and director Vinta Nanda claimed that Alok Nath had sexually attacked a 19-year-old.
Nath, on the other hand, denied the accusations and sued Nanda for defamation. Ashu, the wife of Nath, had also taped her testimony against Nanda in court and had asked for defamation against the writer-director.
On the show's set, she also claimed that Alok Nath had harassed lead actress Navneet Nishan. Actress Sandhya Mridul had come forward in response to her accusation to describe how the actor harassed her when they were working on a telefilm. Also coming up with her accusations against Nath was actress Deepika Amin. He was also accused of harassing another woman who worked on the movie Hum Saath Saath Hain.
Tanushree Dutta and Vinta Nanda were complimented by Mridul for showing courage to speak up while criticizing Nath for inflicting pain. She also advised others not to feel ashamed and urged to "keep the fire going."
Vikas Bahl accused under the #MeToo movement
Director Vikas was accused of sexually harassing an employee of Phantom Films who had worked on the production house’s film Bombay Velvet. The victim said that Vikas harassed her after being intoxicated and insisted on dropping her off at her hotel room.
Later, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane revealed the discussion that had taken place to punish their partner, claiming that they were informed of the employee’s claims. The duo then decided to dissolve Phantom Films, after which Vikas filed a defamation case of Rs 10 crore against them.
Sonal Mohapatra accused Kailash Kher of sexual assault
An accusation was also made against singer-songwriter Kailash Kher by a journalist. According to her testimony, the musician improperly grabbed her when she went to interview him. A Kolkata-based devotee, too, claimed that Kher had harassed her. Later, singer Sona Mohapatra also came forward with her claims, accusing that the performer had repeatedly harassed her. Kailash later apologized for his actions.
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