Parineeti Chopra On Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar Controversy: Speak Now Or Forever Be Suppressed
Not just Parineeti Chopra, even her Namaste England co-star Arjun Kapoor shared, " I have two sisters who work in the industry, I want that every woman should feel safe." Here’s their take on the Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar controversy and #MeToo
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Parineeti Chopra wants more and more women to come forward and speak up about their experiences with harassment. Now that Tanushree Dutta has let the cat out of the bag publically accusing Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri of sexually harassing her back in 2008, Parineeti wants more people to come up and join in the #MeToo movement.
At the launch of their Namaste England song, Proper Patola, when asked about the #MeToo movement, Parineeti said, "Honestly, I really hope that it's not a start of #MeToo movement because it will mean that there are a lot more stories like this and I really hope this is first and last story if it is true. I really hope this is not the start. Having said that, if there are any victims, especially women in the industry, then I want every woman to come out in the open and speak because if they don't speak now, they will forever be suppressed."
When she was asked if she has ever personally faced the same thing, then she said, "Personally, I have never gone through such an experience, but God forbid, if it would have happened with me, then I would have never kept quiet about it. So, which is why I don't think being quiet is the solution ever. This is something serious that has happened to somebody and it's the worst thing that can happen to a woman. If we can't feel protected in our industry and in our country, then how can I do anything? So, I hope this is all untrue and I hope this has not happened, but if it has then we will all support her. I really hope this is not a start of #MeToo movement because it will be terrible if there are more stories existing in the film industry."
Her co-star Arjun Kapoor, who was also present by her side added, "I have two sisters who work in the industry, so as a human being who has sisters, I would want that any woman should feel safe. It happens everywhere and it's a reality and now a woman has come forward to speak the truth. If she is speaking the truth, then definitely she will win. The problem in our country is that we start heated debates after a revelation and because of that people fear about speaking the truth. She has revealed something that is so dreadful, so she deserves to be heard before people become judgmental, take sides and point fingers at each other. It's a question that has been raised on everybody and it happens in all parts of our country. As human beings, we have to introspect. As men, we have to give equality to women and we have to allow safer working environment to women."
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