02 August, 2021

Can Tanushree Dutta’s Sexual Harassment Claims Spark India’s #MeToo Movement?

Tanushree Dutta, a former beauty queen-turned-actress, recently accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of their movie, Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss way back in 2008 while they were shooting for a song sequence.

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Nana Patekar has denied the allegations of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta.
Can Tanushree Dutta’s Sexual Harassment Claims Spark India’s #MeToo Movement?

It’s a can of worms nobody had dared to open up yet in Bollywood. Rampant exploitation of actors and actresses by some bigwigs of the film industry, beneath all its glitz and glamour, has been an open secret for years. And yet, it was hardly ever talked about, not even in hushed tones. The 2017 #MeToo movement of Hollywood, which prompted many top-notch actresses to expose the all-powerful American movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accus­ing him of seeking sexual favo­urs in return for work in his movies, had raised hopes that their Indian counterparts would soon follow suit and take to task their predators back home in their fight for justice. But it was not to be.

Now, less than four months after

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