BOLLYWOOD: Varun Dhawan has applauded the courage of actor Tanushree Dutta, who has spoken out about her experience of being sexually harassed by veteran actor Nana Patekar.
Tanushree, a decade after she first named National Award winning actor Nana Patekar for harassing her on the sets of a film, has once again spoken out about the ordeal in the wake of the global #MeToo movement. Several celebrities, including Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Swara Bhasker have spoken out in support of her.
When asked to comment to matter at the Jagran Film Festival’s closing ceremony, Varun said: “I have been busy with Sui Dhaaga, so I haven’t really heard the whole story, but I think what’s most important at a work place is respect: whether for a woman, man or a child. We want to make our industry a safe place and everyone deserves equal respect.”
“Also if someone is openly talking about the issue, we should hear them out. It takes great courage to talk about it and I applaud that courage.”
Meanwhile, Varun latest release Sui Dhaaga – Made in India opposite Anushka Sharma has done good business at the box-office and has drawn positive reactions from the audiences.
Commenting on this Dhawan said, “The success of Sui Dhaaga is a very big deal for me. I think this is mine, Anushka’s and the entire team’s hit. When you do a film like Sui Dhaaga, you hope for people to like it and also for it to make money at the box office. So, this mix of commerce and arts that is happening with the success is very special for me.”