'I support Tanushree Dutta', Freida Pinto bats for actress in an Instagram post

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 03, 2018, 11.31 AM(IST)

Tanushree Dutta and Freida Pinto (Courtesy: Instagram/ @iamtanushreeduttaofficial @freidapinto) Photograph:( Instagram )

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Tanushree accused Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of her 2008 film ‘Horn Ok Please’, leading her to walk out of the film.

Freida Pinto, an Indian actress who got global recognition with her film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has also spoken in favour in Tanushree Dutta, who accused Nana Patekar of harassing her ten years ago. Extending her support for Tanushree who came out in the open and has gone against the powerful in Hindi entertainment industry, Freida congratulated her for being brave and doing something monumental in this day and age. 

In a lengthy post on Instagram, Freida wrote: “Today, I interrupt my feed for a bit from all the fashion week poses to stand by what I truly Believe. I Believe Tanushree Dutta! I don't need to know her personally, neither have been present on that horrendous day she got bullied, abused both sexually and psychologically, intimidated and shut down in order to corroborate her story. However, I do know what Truth, Hurt and Abuse sounds like. The same way millions of people in the world know that Dr. Christine Blasey- Ford is NOT a Liar or an attention seeking, tantrum throwing overgrown child.”

Dr Christine Blasey is a professor of psychology in America who has accused US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school. 

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Freida continued, “I add my voice to the other voices coming out in support of Tanushree's bravery because God knows this is not going to be easy for you, Tanushree. But what you have done is monumental and important and it has to shake the very core of a nation and an ideology that for too long has gotten away with heinous crimes against women and where the ugliness of misogyny has dominated the rights and suppressed any voice that has dared to speak up.”

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She also addressed the issue keeping in mind how Tanushree is being accused of speaking on the matter after a decade. She wrote, “Also, even if someone speaks up ( and in Tanushree's case- speaks up AGAIN) 10 years later, it doesn't dilute or nullify a factual, verified, double verified truth. Her story is not a carton of milk that expires after a few days, ready to be discarded. So trolls: please do what you do best but it is not going to change the Truth. Also read: Raveena Tandon bashes Bollywood, tweets 'industry fails to stand for & protect its own'

“India - Stand Up, Speak Up. Don’t look to just your superstars to speak up. Be your own role models and follow the voice of your conscience. Follow the truth and stand by a woman’s right to be her own wind-keeper. You may just end up setting an example for many others who probably need your grit and courage to speak up. I SUPPORT TANUSHREE DUTTA.”

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For those uninitiated, Tanushree accused Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of her 2008 film ‘Horn Ok Please’, leading her to walk out of the film. In an interview, Tanushree revealed that she was asked to do a song with the actor which was not mentioned in the contract. Nana has since filed a legal complaint against her asking for an apology’.

Several Bollywood stars like Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra have come out in her support. 

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