After Tanushree Dutta slammed Ajay Devgn, questioning Bollywood’s moral bankruptcy for working with Alok Nath in his upcoming film De De Pyaar De, Vinta Nanda speaks on length that she didn’t expect any better from an industry that changes morals as per their convenience.
When the MeToo movement in India gained momentum last year, the Tara writer-producer made a shocking revelation of how she was allegedly raped by Nath 19 years ago. Mid-Day quoted her saying, “”I don’t expect anything from Ajay Devgn. I don’t think he is in any position to take a stand. The money riding on the project is the only dharma for them,” says Nanda, who had filed a police complaint against Nath in November. The senior actor was granted anticipatory bail in January after the Dindoshi sessions court adjudged that he may have been “falsely implicated”.
Throwback to the time Devgn event offered his bit of support the movement, stating that neither his company nor he would collaborate with those accused in the MeToo movement. Fast forward now, Alok Nath is in his film playing his onscreen father. When Ajay was questioned on the same lines during the trailer launch, he said that the film was completed before the allegations surfaced.
“When it comes to the box office, nobody [in the industry] follows any other religion. There is no right and wrong. Their politics and ideologies go for a toss. Their reluctance to take action is the giveaway [of their intentions],” added Nanda.
However, there was a silver lining, when netizens lashed out against Devgn when the trailer was released online. Vinta said, “The audience is the only agency that can reject the film. If it doesn’t, then it goes to show how regressive we are as a society. But I am optimistic about the young generation. They will give sleepless nights to all these men and women, who are not able to take a stand.”
“Few women have the kind of inner strength that Tanushree has. I don’t know any among those around me. Most are afraid to even meet me, lest they be viewed as supporters of the movement,” she concluded.