Bollywood megastar, Amitabh Bachchan has turned 76 on October 11. Undoubtedly, one would fall short of words trying to describe his persona. Though as of now he is not making a lot of appearances in movies, he still remains the same when it comes to enthusiasm and fervour. It is really amazing to see a person who has liver cirrhosis and a history of tuberculosis (TB) to still give young actors a run for their money. And even at the age of 76, he is still one of the most influential personalities in the world of media and entertainment business. While actors at his age play grandfathers on screen, he is still ruling the screen with his own definition of timeless acting.
Recently, he was called out by former actress Tanushree Dutta after she alleged that veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar had sexually harassed her on the sets of their 2008 film Horn Ok Pleassss. When a reporter asked a question from Big B about this, he dodged the question by saying that neither is he Tanushree Dutta, nor is he Nana Patekar and so, has no comment on the issue.
After hearing this, Tanushree Dutta had called him out on it and expressed her disappointment as he was unable to take a stand against sexual of women at workplace.
“I’m hurt, as these are people who do movies on social causes. They play roles in films and the audience applauds. But when it comes to standing up and doing something about what is happening in front of you, there are these evasive statements that don’t make sense.”
But finally, the Thugs of Hindostan actor took to social media platform and wrote this:
“No woman should ever be subjected to any kind of misbehaviour, or disorderly conduct; especially at her work place. Such acts should immediately be brought to the notice of concerned authorities, and corrective measures be taken, either through filing complaints or a recourse to law. Discipline and civic, social and moral curriculums, should be adopted at a very early educational level. Women children and the weaker sections of our society are the most vulnerable. They need to be under special protective care. It has been most heartening to see women representations in most work vocations, on the increase in our country. It would be an unrepairable blemish if we are not able to provide them the welcome they deserve and the dignity of the security of their presence.”
His comments comes at a time when the issue has already turned into a snowball and ‘angry’ women from all spheres of life are coming out in open and “naming and shaming” their abusers in public.
It is also quite clear that systemic failure by organisations to protect victims despite official complaints, had forced women to vent out their anger in such an overwhelming manner. Well, Amitji, what we commoners had expected from you was to take a stand much earlier, given your iconic status.