Namaste England co-stars Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor have come out in support of Tanushree Dutta over her allegations of suffering harassment at the hands of veteran actor Nana Patekar. Parineeti feels that women should come out and speak up if they have faced harassment of any sort, because if they do not, they will forever be suppressed. Arjun, while reiterating what Parineeti said, added that people should not be judgemental and should hear the complainant out.
Parineeti, who was at the launch of Namaste England song Proper Patola, was asked about the #MeToo movement. The actress said that she really hopes the current situation is the first and last that comes out about women being harassed.
“Honestly, I really hope that it’s not a start of #MeToo movement because it will mean that there are a lot more stories like this and I really hope this is first and last story if it is true. I really hope this is not the start,” SpotBoye quoted her as saying.
“Having said that, if there are any victims, especially women in the industry, then I want every woman to come out in the open and speak because if they don’t speak now, they will forever be suppressed,” she stated.
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The actress was asked if she had ever faced such a situation, to which she said she never has, but if she did, she would never keep quiet about it. She added that it is the worst thing that can ever happen to any woman.
“Personally, I have never gone through such an experience, but God forbid, if it would have happened with me, then I would have never kept quiet about it. So, which is why I don’t think being quiet is the solution ever. This is something serious that has happened to somebody and it’s the worst thing that can happen to a woman,” she said.
“If we can’t feel protected in our industry and in our country, then how can I do anything? So, I hope this is all untrue and I hope this has not happened, but if it has then we will all support her. I really hope this is not a start of #MeToo movement because it will be terrible if there are more stories existing in the film industry,” she added.
Arjun, who was also present at the launch, spoke about how he wants women who work in the film industry to be safe, especially since he has two sisters who are part of it.
“I have two sisters who work in the industry, so as a human being who has sisters, I would want that any woman should feel safe. It happens everywhere and it’s a reality and now a woman has come forward to speak the truth. If she is speaking the truth, then definitely she will win,” he said.
“The problem in our country is that we start heated debates after a revelation and because of that people fear about speaking the truth. She has revealed something that is so dreadful, so she deserves to be heard before people become judgmental, take sides and point fingers at each other.
“It’s a question that has been raised on everybody and it happens in all parts of our country. As human beings, we have to introspect. As men, we have to give equality to women and we have to allow safer working environment to women,” he added.
Parineeti and Arjun’s Namaste England, which is a sequel to 2007 film Namastey London, is scheduled for a worldwide release on October 19, 2018.