Amitabh Bachchan Slammed Online After Avoiding Questions About Tanushree Dutta’s Allegations

For years, Indian actors have requested journalists to ask questions that are related to their profession. However, every time they’ve been asked to answer to anything controversial and involving people from their industry, their response has been absolutely tone deaf. Some of the recent examples are Saroj Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, regarding Sri Reddy. And joining the lot now is Amitabh Bachchan.

Amitabh Bachchan was attending the trailer launch of his upcoming movie ‘Thugs of Hindostan’. During its interview session, he was asked to respond to Tanushree Dutta’s allegations on Nana Patekar. And his answer was shocking.

“Neither my name is Tanushree nor Nana Patekar. So, how can i answer your question?”

10 years ago, Tanushree Dutta had accused Nana Patekar of harassing her and had received no support from the Bollywood industry. And now with the rise of the #MeToo movement and Janice Sequeira’s support, she has found her voice again. But still she has to face hollow statements like these, and that too from one of the senior-most actors in the industry.

However, Amitabh Bachchan wasn’t getting away easily after saying that. Netizens virtually held him and criticised him for not taking a stand:

1. Their solidarity is wafer-thin.

2. Money talks.

3. He had the opportunity and he squandered it.

4. He should’ve taken notes from his letter.

5. It won’t be surprising if he does so.

6. Only in movies.

7. Times change and we should too.

8. You can say that again.

9. Actions speak louder than words.

10. Practice what you preach.

11. True that.

12. For the trailers.

13. Never meet your heroes.

14. Apparently, yes.

16. It’s about time he understands.

17. Of course.

Although the #TimesUp movement was popularised by Hollywood, Tanushree Dutta’s allegations show that the culture of sexually harassing actors isn’t limited to that industry. And to make Bollywood a safe workplace, we’ve to start cancelling people who do such actions and especially those who support them and watch in silence. Given his stature, Amitabh Bachchan had the chance to do so but he wasted it for the sake of political correctness. Let’s hope others don’t follow his example.

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