Actress Tanushree Dutta created a storm when she recently accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of 2008 film 'Horn OK Please' and thereby helped the launch of the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment . In her recent statement Tanushree revealed that she suffered from depression after what Patekar did to her in 2008 and stated that the experience was too hard to endure. She even referred to the suicide of young actresses Jiah Khan and Pratyusha Banerjee to support her statement published in a daily.
"I feel a deep despair seeing the level of consciousness and extreme judgmentalism in a country known for its spiritual richness. I am asking how many talented and innocent people like Jiah (Khan), Pratyusha (Banerjee) and others you will consume by your bigotry. How many more need to die before you become sensitive towards others. Hate begets hate and if karma and punishment is the only language you understand then the road ahead will be rocky. Learn your lessons before it's too late. We are in this world to learn and embody compassion and love.
Although I went on to finish my other projects with a smile on my face, deep inside I wanted to die. The harassment, manipulation, threats, the horrible things spoken about me and the humiliation I had to endure was too much for my sensitive soul to bear," she stated, adding, "After putting years of hard work to be treated this way was and still is shattering. The attitude of these kind of people and my constant upstream struggle in the face of such frequent negativity that I have received made me want to give up often. Few years later Jiah and Pratyusha committed suicide. I somehow lived."
Tanushree had recently filed an FIR against her co-star Patekar and also named Ganesh Acharya, Rakesh Sarang and Samee Siddiqui for playing a part in the harassment.
Meanwhile, Nana broke his silence on the subject, denying any wrongdoing. When asked by media, he had laughed off the allegations. Later, he had said that he is in the process of sending legal notice to Tanushree. Ganesh too denied all allegations against him.