Actor Ishita Dutta said that recent comments from his sister Tanushree Dutta against Ajay Devgn have put her in a strange situation – she has worked with Ajay previously and shares a good equation with him.
Tanushree accused Ajay of supporting Bollywood's return to the rape of actor Alok Nath, which was revealed as part of Ajay's upcoming film, De De Pyaar. Tanushree, who is widely credited for leading the #MeToo movement in India after accusing Nana Patekar to have allegedly occurred in 2008, said that Ajay could have rephased the scenes of Alok Nath after the allegations were made against him. The veteran TV and movie actor has been charged with rape by writer Vinta Nanda and sexual harassment by several others.
Ishitia said in a statement, according to Pinkvilla, "I understand that this could put me in a precarious situation, but what is certain is certain. My sister is supporting the truth. My equation with Ajay Sir is separate and has no connection with what my sister feels about the situation. I do not think he'll get upset or angry at me for what she has to say.
Sisters Tanushree and Ishita Dutta portrayed together.
Ajay in his defense said in a statement that the scenes of Alok Nath were filmed before allegations against him were made public. He said his scenes involved a long agenda involving various actors, locations and days. Re-filming his scenes would be impossible, and a decision that could not be taken just by him. He had said, "I reiterate that I am extremely sensitive to #MeToo. But when circumstances are beyond me, I do not see why an attempt is being made to "let go" of me as insensitive. This is false "
Ishitia supported this and said, "Ajay sir is not the producer of the film, so he can not be the only one responsible. It has to be a collective decision. I believe they (the creators of the film) could not have done anything about it. "
Tanushree, in an open letter, had said: "Overrated actors and human beings who have created an influence of intelligent public relations machinery and careful manipulation of public sentiments, old muffled idiots who can not distinguish between what is right and wrong and what is the need . so cool.
De De Pyaar De is an upcoming comedy film produced by Luv Ranjan, who also plays Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu in supporting roles. Ajay was recently seen in Total Dhamaal box office hit. Ishita played the daughter of Ajay Devgn's character in Drishyam.
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April 20, 2019, 12:35 IST