Pooja Bhatt, came out in support of Tanushree Dutta while speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2018 on 6 October.
She said she finds it appalling that people are questioning when Tanushree is speaking up (against Nana Patekar) instead of addressing the actual issue. She also said that Bollywood, like other work places, cannot handle uncomfortable truths.
Pooja Bhatt, Actor”Violence and abuse come in various forms. When a woman feels rage about it then, it is also held against her.
They take away the basic right of screaming and talking about pain. When you speak uncomfortable truths in a world of lies, then you are looked upon as insane or you are dismissed.” .
India Today's #ConclaveEast18 witnessed an intensive discussion on Bollywood's #MeToo movement with @PoojaB1972 and Sreelekha Mitra speaking on the same.
Watch the session with @PadmajaJoshi: https://t.co/vzPxFXMhJC pic.twitter.com/aE54BsXfGe
— India Today (@IndiaToday) October 6, 2018
Bhatt shared how she was questioned when she opened up being in an abusive relationship. “I have been in a relationship with an alcoholic and (there was) a situation where he struck me and I chose to speak the very next day. But the people of our industry asked why I am washing my dirty linen in public.”
The actor also emphasised that women like Tanushree should take the legal route if they are convinced about their truth. They should also be ready for serious battle.
“Truth doesn’t require PR. It burns like fire and if you believe in your truth, you plough on. If you expect people to hold your hand when you are engulfed in the flame of life, then I think you are being naive because nobody is there to fight your battles.”>