Architect of India’s own MeToo movement Tanushree Dutta decides to ‘leave’ India for good


Actor Tanushree Dutta, who kickstarted India’s own MeToo movement has decided to return to the US to settle there permanently with a hope that she will get ‘justice one day.’ Tanushree, a former Miss India, had accused Vivek Agnihotri of asking her to undress and dance in front of actor Irrfan Khan to give him cues for a scene. She had also accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her. 

Her allegations subsequently opened the floodgate as many women came forward, narrating their own experiences of being sexually harassed by men in powerful positions. Prominent Bollywood names, who were accused of sexual misconduct included singer Kailash Kher, actor Alok Nath, music director Anu Malik, actor Rajat Kapoor, filmmakers Vikas Bahl and Sajid Khan among others.

“My future lies there. I will head out early next year. When I came down to Mumbai, I thought I would go back after a month, but it’s been five months,” Tanushree was quoted by Mid-Day.

She added, “I do not look at it as now hot, now cold. Such things are a revolution. What matters is its impact in the future. It has created an atmosphere where sexual predators are aware that they cannot get away with misbehaviour. It came as a surprise when women began calling out the sexual predators. I am aware that #MeToo cannot be front page news every day.”

The Chocolate actor said that she had been living with it for a decade without redressal. “The legal process is not dependent on me being around. If I have to be around to push the case, what is the point of the legal system and law enforcers?” Tanushree said.

The movement, started by Tanushree soon impacted the world of media, where several women journalists came forward against senior editors of sexually brutalising them. The notable among them was former union minister MJ Akbar, who was accused of sexual misconduct by at least 20 female journalists. The raging controversy surrounding his character forced Akbar to resign from the cabinet. He later filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani in a Delhi court.