Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta, who started the #MeToo movement last year in India, has slammed Sony TV for bringing music composer Anu Malik back on Indian Idol 11. The actress has asked the channel if TRPs are more important than human values.
In an interview to a leading daily, Tanushree said, “What shocks me most is how Sony, which is supposed to be a family-friendly channel, has allowed such a person to remain as a judge when several talented and high-profile women have come forward with their stories of harassment against him. Are TRPs more important than human values? Shouldn’t people who misbehave be held accountable for their deeds.”
Apart from slamming the channel, Tanushree also questioned singerand Anu's co-judge Neha Kakkar’s silence over it. Mentioning how Neha was herself forcibly kissed by a fan, Tanushree said, “She might have got a taste of what it feels like to be harassed when a contestant forcibly kissed her on the show. But again, like her decision to work with Anu Malik, Neha decided not to press charges on the disgusting guy! It was cringeworthy to watch a female celebrity being mauled like that on TV.”
Earlier, Malik had issued a statement saying that he was innocent and would go to court to resolve the issue. In his long post, he had written, “It has been over a year that I have been accused of something that I haven’t done. I have been silent all this while as I was waiting for the truth to surface on its own. But I realise that my silence on the matter has been misconstrued as my weakness,” he wrote, adding that it had taken a toll on his and his family’s mental health and left him “traumatised, and tarnished my career. Being a father of two daughters, I can’t imagine committing the acts that I am accused of, let alone do it.”
Singer Sona Mohapatra had slammed Anu for this statement and advised him to go to sex rehab. Tanushree applauded her courage and said, “I want to stand up, raise my hands up and applaud Sona Mohapatra along with others for fighting the good fight against Anu Malik’s reinstatement in Indian Idol.”