Tanushree Dutta, who had accused actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss is now glad to know that the latter has stepped down from his film Houseful 4. She “Let’s say I am not celebrating, yet because there is so much more that needs to be done,” Tanushree informed DNA. Also Read - ‘He Pulled Bra Strap, Slapped on Breast’: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’s Babita Aka Munmun Dutta's #MeToo Confession Goes Viral Again
Tanushree is also happy that actors such as Akshay Kumar and Aamir Khan have taken a stand and on the Me Too movement and have decided to not work with any proven sexual offenders. Also Read - Indian Idol 12 Takes Anu Malik Back as Judge After #MeToo But It's Not What You Think!
Director Subhash Kapoor was earlier accused of sexual misconduct following which Aamir stepped down as a producer of Subhash upcoming biopic on Gulshan Kumar. Later, the director was asked to step down from the movie. Akshay Kumar, on the other hand, stopped shooting for Sajid Khan’s Housefull 4 when Sajid was accused of sexual misconduct. Also Read - Ali Zafar #MeToo Case: Meesha Shafi Can Face 3 Years of Imprisonment, Final Verdict on March 27
“I am glad that somebody like Akshay finally decided to put his foot down and has chosen to not work with people such as these. I am also happy that Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao and a couple of other production houses are taking a stand, but I would not want this to be a one-time. Right now, the situation is hot, so let’s disassociate and at a later date collaborate again. So, I am just seeing where this is going before I can raise a toast,” Tanushree said.
“Actors taking a stand by disassociating themselves, the Housefull 4 fiasco, production houses like Phantom Films dissolving, MAMI dropping films, and concrete steps being taken are an encouraging thing. Earlier, it was only about me talking, then people supporting me, then more people coming forward with their stories… it becoming an issue on the national level and structures falling. This is what is needed for more people to come forward with their experiences. They need to be assured that they would be heard and their words would have an effect. I want to push the movement. I know there are many people with horrifying stories that are untold and need to come to light,” she added.