'I am really proud of her': Ishita Dutta opens up on sister Tanushree Dutta's battle against Nana Patekar


Tanushree Dutta escalated the #MeToo movement in India after she accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment on the sets of 2008 film Horn OK Pleasss. She led several women muster up courage to speak out against their predators and since then, floodgates of complaints have come forth with prominent names being named and shamed for misconduct. Although Tanushree got support from many Bollywood celebs including Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Aamir Khan among others, actress Ishita Dutta maintained a stoic silence on her sister's #MeToo battle.

However, Ishita has now finally opened up on the entire matter and stated how she is proud of her sister Tanushree as it takes a lot for one person to stand up. In an interview with a leading daily, Ishita said, "My sister kind of gave courage to a lot of other women who are speaking today. Hats off to her and all the women who are opening up (about sexual harassment) because it is not an easy fight. It is not just about talking, but what follows."

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When the Drishyam actress was asked why she strangely maintained a radio silence on the issue, she pointed out that people ask ridiculous questions and she does not know how to react to them. She further added, "I don’t need to show my support for her on social media. She is next to me, she is my sister, why should I put out a story on social media? I can tell her directly."

She also talked about how Tanushree never demotivated her to enter the film industry despite facing sexual harassment herself. "It is not just in this industry, it (sexual harassment) is happening in every field," she quipped.

Ishita is married to actor Vatsal Sheth and will next be seen in a film called Setters, apart from Blank alongside Sunny Deol and debutante Karan Kapadia.