If You’re Friends With a Sexual Harasser, You’re Part of the Problem Too

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If You’re Friends With a Sexual Harasser, You’re Part of the Problem Too

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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hen Tanushree Dutta reiterated her accusations of harassment by Nana Patekar on a film set in 2008, Bollywood’s biggest stars responded with blank silence. Fair-weather feminist Amitabh Bachchan, and the supposedly woke showrunner of Satyamev Jayate, Aamir Khan, inelegantly dodged any questions about the incident, even as trolls online piled onto Dutta for raking up a decade-old incident for some vague form of publicity.

Industry support for Dutta has been scarce, with Richa Chadha and Swara Bhasker being some of the few to speak up in her support. But a first-hand Twitter account of what happened that day by journalist Janice Sequeira, who was present at the shoot, has now prompted people to finally come to Dutta’s defence. What stands out from the story is that Dutta had spoken about the harassment even 10 years ago, but was effectively silenced by Patekar and the film’s producers, who rallied around the accused rather than the alleged victim.

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