Tanushree Dutta says she is not afraid of 'khokle' threats

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Actress Tanushree Dutta
Actress Tanushree Dutta

New Delhi : Few days back, Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, spoke about the alleged sexual harassment she faced in 2008. Now, she says that she is not afraid of threats. A video clip of her talks about the subject.

In the viral video, Tanushree Dutta, in a stoic tone says: “The one who has brought into this world will take me out of it.” She goes on to refer to people who could threaten her and thereby cause her harm. About them, she says, only such people can make such bogus (khokle) threats.

The video post, shared on Instagram, read: “Not afraid of threats says #tanushreedutta.”

To recall, Tanushree Dutta talked about the harrowing time she had while on the sets of the film Horn OK Please, where, she claimed Nana Patekar sexually harassed her, first by forcing himself into a song sequence and later by forcing choreographer Ganesh Acharya to include a sexually explicit dance step with her. The actress also accused director Vivek Agnihotri of harassment on the sets of his film, Chocolate, in 2005.

For now, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Swara Bhaskar, Sonam Kapoor and Richa Chadha have come out in support of Tanushree, veteran actors like Amitabh Bachchan and industry heavyweight Salman Khan. Farhan in support of Tanushree tweeted that not only should she be attended; one has to stop doubting her intentions and start believing survivors. The sentiment was echoed by Priyanka, Parineeti, Swara and Sonam.

Journalist Janice Sequeira’s thread narrated in detail the sequence of events that happened that day and it matches the claims made by Tanushree. Not just Janice, another person named Shyni Shetty also pitched in and agreed with every detail mentioned in Janice’s thread.

However, many others have chosen to ignore the issue. At the launch of the trailer of upcoming film Thugs of Hindostan, Amitabh sidestepped the issue by saying that he was neither Tanushree Dutta nor was he Nana Patekar to comment on the subject. Meanwhile, at an event recently, Salman too was asked and replied saying: “I am not aware of this. Let me know and understand what is happening.”

Director Hansal Mehta and actor Vinay Pathak too have spoken against sexual harassments on films sets, in the wake of Tanushree’s claims.