Tanushree Dutta made headlines after she brought the #MeToo movement in Bollywood by accusing Nana Patekar of sexual assault. Now, the actor has slammed actor-producer Ajay Devgn for continuing to work with rape accused Alok Nath in the forthcoming film De De Pyaar De. Tanushree called him ‘morally bankrupt’ and a ‘spineless hypocrite’.
“Tinsel town is full of liars, show-offs and spineless hypocrites. And it seems by a large public consensus that the sign post is pointing currently at Ajay Devgn,” Tanushree, who had sparked India’s #MeToo movement, said in a statement.
“During the #MeToo movement in India, the actor had tweeted and sworn never to work with those accused and now in a surprising and convenient turn of events is working with rape and harrasment accused Alok Nath and supporting him to make a comeback to Bollywood,” she added.
Tanushree said it was possible for the De De Pyaar De team to re-shoot Alok’s scenes once the allegations against him were made public by writer-director Vinta Nanda.
“Nobody even knew before the posters and trailers that Alok Nath is in the film, so if Ajay and the makers wanted they could have just quietly replaced him and re-shot his portions (which is barely 10-15 days for character actors in Bollywood), and given Vinta Nanda the respect she deserves as well as several other women who were troubled by this guy, but no,” said the Horn Ok Pleassss actor.
Nanda had last year accused Alok Nath of allegedly raping her nearly 19 years ago when they worked together. He denied it.
Many celebs from the Bollywood industry were accused of sexual assault post-Tanushree’s claim. Others accused are Vikas Bahl, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor among others.
Last year, Tanushree claimed that Nana Patekar had mistreated her on the sets of Horn OK Pleassss in 2008.
(With inputs from IANS)