Tanushree Dutta Calls Out Neha Kakkar On Her Decision To Work With #MeToo Accused Anu Malik. Neha Had It Coming.
They say, “What goes around comes around”, and it is perhaps the only statement that reinstates my faith in karma. Well that, and the fact that internet has become a rather unforgiving space to be in and for a change, I am all for it. Maybe because when it comes to calling out on people like Anu Malik, who have been accused in the #MeToo movement by several women, unforgiving seems pretty fair. As does the fact that in light of his recent open letter claiming no responsibility for the allegations against him, women like Sona Mohapatra and Tanushree Dutta, who kickstarted the movement in India, are not standing down and just taking it.
After accusations of the singer and composer Anu Malik having had sexually assaulted fellow singers from the industry, namely Neha Bhasin and Shweta Pandit, surfaced in 2018, there was quite an upheaval around his name for all of two seconds. People were shocked, disgusted and the channel Sony TV that the show Indian Idol played on, even chucked him out. All seemed like a great idea. Up until Anu Malik made his grand comeback and the fact that neither the channel nor fellow judges Vishal Dadlani and Neha Kakkar had a problem with it. Because obviously in a messed up world like ours, TRPS > Humanity. Except, women now have a voice and they are not afraid to shout from the rooftops about your indifference.
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And so, Tanushree Dutta spoke up. she slammed Anu Malik for his sorry not sorry open letter that he addressed to the public, claiming the allegations have tarnished his reputation and his life. Tanushree not just put Anu Malik in a tough spot, but also called out Neha Kakkar for being okay to judge alongside of an accused perpetrator, being a woman who had recently been forcibly kissed on the national television herself.
— Anu Malik (@The_AnuMalik) November 14, 2019
Tanushree Dutta told Mid-Day during an interview, “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.”
Further, answering to a fan’s comment about Neha Kakkar, the actress 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.” And if an experience like that doesn’t rile you up – to sit next to a man who has wronged women – we don’t know what will.
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Having no opinion is also an opinion, especially when it means your silence is supporting a man who gets to get away with his crime. Being a woman, or actually no, being a sane human being it is our duty to stand by what is right and wrong and failing to that is not an option anymore. And we are glad that for every indifferent Neha Kakkar in the world, we also have women like Tanushree Dutta and Sona Mohapatra, who aren’t afraid to support other women, even if it comes at the cost of making a rival out of someone influential. More power to you women!