Why the World Needs More “Difficult Women” Like Tanushree Dutta


Why the World Needs More “Difficult Women” Like Tanushree Dutta

Illustration: Akshita Monga


en years after she first said it, and none of us heard, Tanushree Dutta has reiterated her allegations of sexual misconduct against Nana Patekar, an actor well known for both his philanthropy and temper. We are listening now, in the wake of the #MeToo movement. At least the women are listening, and raging, while most men have gone into a convenient maun vrat.

Demanding a response from the men – especially men like Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan, who were questioned by the press, because they happened to be available – is an exercise in futility. We have known for years what they stand for. Bollywood and Bachchan are but convenient outrage targets that allow us the distraction of ignoring our own complicity, ignoring the fact that we live in glass houses too. Can we really ask Bollywood to grow a spine before we grow ours? Before we question the men in our homes?