Actor Chitrangada Singh has now come out with her #MeToo story of encountering harassment on the sets of the film Babumoshai Bandookbaaz in 2008.

Walked out due to change in script

While speaking out about the incident, Chitrangada supported Tanushree Dutta saying she has had a similar experience and she believes Tanushree totally. She had walked out of Kushan Nandy’s film Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, as she was allegedly harassed on the sets by the director who ordered her to do explicit scenes with actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

She recounted her own experience from the time she revealed that there were changes in the script which included a titillating scene with Nawazuddin. “When I shot for the film (Babumoshai Bandookbaaz), suddenly they came up with a titillating scene and asked me to do it with Nawazuddin. The director just ordered ‘apna petticoat uthao aur ragdo aapne aap ko’. Who talks like this? He was just atrocious. I was offended, and I walked out,” Chitrangada told the media during a programme in Mumbai.

Chitrangada, who was taken aback by the behaviour, walked out and didn’t do the film. At that time, she shared that Nawazuddin Siddiqui was there along with the female producer. Both, she claimed, didn’t object to what the director said. No one stood up for her that day.

When asked about the #MeToo movement, Chitrangada said that the Indian society is very different from the West. However, she added that it was inspiring to see survivors like Tanushree and many more coming forward with their experiences and that their voices shouldn’t be suppressed.

She said: “That was my stand to walk out of the film. I shared my reasons with a media house when they called me to talk about it. I believe that nobody gave importance to that matter at that time. But that doesn’t matter, because now media is doing an amazing job. #MeToo movement shouldn’t be just about copying the West. It should be concerned about our society.”

Chitrangada has also worked in a film called Inkaar, which is based on sexual harassment at the workplace. Commenting on Tanushree’s accusations against Nana Patekar, Chitrangada said that the truth must be given importance, no matter how much time has passed between the incident and the reporting of the crime.

Photo credit: National Herald

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