'Kid' Shakti Kapoor's reaction on Tanushree's allegations is beyond disappointing
Bollywood celebrities are expected to speak up on matters, but they seem to have mastered the act of coming up with disappointing answers. Case in point: Shakti Kapoor. The actor claimed he knew nothing about the Tanushree Dutta episode, which happened 10 years ago since he was a 'kid'. His biological age was 56 then. For the uninitiated, Tanushree alleged Nana Patekar sexually harassed her on a film's sets in 2008.
When asked to comment on the controversy, Kapoor told reporters, "I've come from the US yesterday, so I've no clue about it. And if I say something, it will be wrong...You tell me what has happened." When one of the reporters briefed him about the matter, the actor said, "I don't know what happened 10 years ago, I was a kid 10 back then."
Kapoor is 66 years old, ten years ago, he was 56. No one is a kid at this age. But Kapoor used it as an excuse to not address the issue. Rather than standing up for Tanushree, he chose the easier route, like many.
After the potential #MeToo movement of Bollywood broke, Patekar claimed he was innocent. Meanwhile, his lawyer said he has sent a legal notice to the former Miss India-Universe. However, till Tuesday, Tanushree maintained she hasn't received any communication. Earlier, she had said intimidation tricks won't work on her anymore. Tanushree went on a break, saying she was tired, but promised to return and fight.
After Tanushree spoke about the alleged harassment, she has garnered support from many in the film industry which include names such as Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha and Swara Bhasker.