Tanushree Dutta has got support from most corners in the country as she spoke out against facing sexual harassment at the hands of actor Nana Patekar 10 years back on the sets of Horn OK Pleasss. After she fearlessly narrated the entire incident once again and encouraged others to share their stories, several other women called out harassers who happen to be men in power. Sajid Khan, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, Vinod Dua, Varun Grover, Mukesh Chhabra, Bhushan Kumar among others are a few prominent names from across the industries who have been named as alleged offenders of sexual misconduct. While Tanushree got support from many important names in the industry, her sister, actress Ishita Dutta never came out to speak in the matter. Not, until today.
Ishita, who recently got married to actor Vatsal Sheth, has finally talked about the ordeal her sister faced, how the family dealt with everything and what made her stay silent for so long. Talking to DNA, the actress revealed that she was always there with her sister and was thoroughly encouraging her. She said she didn’t think to show support on social media or talking about it meant anything since she could always tell her sister in person how much she cared for her and how much she appreciated what she was doing.
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Ishita said, “It’s not deliberate, but I have been with her all these years and seen whatever has happened in her life. It is a sensitive issue. When I saw the videos, again, and watched my father and sister, I relived the pain and trauma. I felt bad that they had to go through that. It angered me, too. The problem is that a lot of people ask ridiculous questions, which makes me angry and I don’t know how to react to it. That is one reason I stayed away”.
She added, “Moreover, I don’t need to show my support for her on social media. She is next to me, she is my sister, why should I put out a story on social media? I can tell her directly. Every day at home we are discussing things, what is happening, etc. My parents are there, my dad is doing all the legal paperwork and whatever else is required. Why do people expect us to show support on social media”?
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Ishita also expressed how much she appreciates her sister being considered a flagbearer of #MeToo movement in India. She said, “It takes a lot for one person to stand up and speak and I am really proud of her. My sister kind of gave courage to a lot of other women who are speaking today. Hats off to her and all the women who are opening up (about sexual harassment) because it is not an easy fight. It is not just about talking, but what follows”.
Well, more power to Tanushree!