As the ongoing battle between Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar rages on, many Bollywood celebs have come out and supported Tanushree. Now, it’s Neha Dhupia who has spoken up on the controversy. Neha launched Season 3 of #NoFitlerNeha on October 8 and with her actress Soha Ali Khan and Sophie Choudry were also present at the venue and shared their views on the controversy that has sparked the #MeToo movement in India.
While interacting with media Neha Dhupia expressed how reading about these incidents makes her angry. She said, “As a woman, not just as an actor, when I started hearing and reading about it (#metoo movement), it made me angry. It made me furious. The fact that women are coming out and speaking about it. Firstly it (sexual harassment) shouldn’t happen, secondly it is very very brave that they are coming out and speaking about it. I read articles and people are still questioning it. There is no need to question it. We have to believe them. They put themselves out there to such an extent and then people are still saying ‘What if…? or What not…?’. No, not at all. It is a big movement and it started. It is great and now the real clean-up will happen. It is going to happen. It is happening as we speak. It is important that something like this is happening in India as well. So, I would love to go out there and support any woman who needs my help. Talking about it now also makes me angry, so, I am going to stop.”
Sophie Choudry, who was also present at the event, remarked, “People are asking Tanushree, ‘why ten years later?’. This is sad. It is really sad that this is what we are focusing on. She is not saying this to create controversy. She disappeared for ten years. She is not in her prime that she will come back and suddenly become an A list heroine. Knowing Tanushree a little bit, I can say that. She was asked why she was away from films. She clearly answered that. Today’s time is such that this is being spoken about, it is a huge deal. She can talk about it. Because ten years ago, even if I would bring up a few issues, the environment was not friendly.
“If you were glamourous, you would end up getting the blame. And we have seen that happening to Mamta Kulkarni. She was at the peak of her career, and yet she was completely alienated overnight. That was the ‘mohol’ before. Today, times have changed and women are getting more support. Are we at the level of America? No, I don’t think so. I think we definitely need to create a more positive environment for women to start speaking and opening up. We also need to make the lines clear. What is actually harassment, and that needs to be made very very clear,” she added.
Neha then chipped in saying, “Adding to what Sophie is saying that people are asking ‘why ten years later?’, Farhan has also mentioned that this was happening even ten years ago. We have seen the footage. We have seen the fact that people were breaking her car. Why she has woken up ten years later is not the point. She was speaking even then. So, let’s not question that. Let’s question the people who are in the line of fire. Let’s question the man. Let’s listen to women a little more carefully. Let’s not just turn a blind eye. Let’s not turn a deaf ear to the situation and listen to what is happening. It is about time we all wake up!”