The noted Mumbai lawyer, who is helping Tanushree Dutta in her fight against sexual harassment in Bollywood, is open to helping the Rajput family get justice for their son.
By Mayur Lookhar
Over the last 3-4 years, the underbelly of Bollywood stands exposed. It all started with the #MeToo movement when actress Tanushree Dutta reignited her battle against veteran actor Nana Patekar, Ganesh Acharya and others whom she had accused of sexual harassment at workplace more than a decade ago.
Post Dutta’s fight, some big names have been called out in the #MeToo movement in India. Dutta was much lauded for her bravery and activism for women’s rights in India.
It’s been close to two years since Dutta revived her fight, but there appears to be no headway in the case thereby raising question over the efficiency of our policing, investigation. All through this battle, Advocate Nitin Satpute has been firmly behind his client (Dutta). The case has been dragging on but Satpute reminded that the longer it takes, the more the accused suffers too.
“The long wait can be frustrating, but let’s not forget the longer it drags on it is a struggle for the accused too,” Satpute says, “I heard in news and interviews of some producers that the industry is not giving work to such accused.”
While sexual harassment and exploitation in the film industry is now increasingly spoken and written about, the unfortunate demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput has led to a public outrage against alleged nepotism related harassment in the industry. Legacy studios such as Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions, and second/third generation actors from filmi families have come in for heavy criticism.
Tanushree Dutta’s case truly began a revolution in India and reignited the dialogue on safety of women at workplace. Satpute believes that the same can happen in the Sushant Singh Rajput case too, and in turn go a long way in creating a level playing field in Bollywood.
Satpute reckoned that nepotism and harassment are perhaps two sides of a coin. He says, “if you look at it objectively, they are in fact just two sides of the same coin. Boys and girls who are not from film families getting bullied by seniors, who misuse their power. More details need to be investigated in the Sushant Singh Rajput case which may throw more light on what actually happened to him.”
The Sushant Singh Rajput case has left Satpute disturbed too, who wouldn’t hesitate in taking the fight against nepotism to the courts. The noted lawyer has taken many such cases of social relevance, and won. He felt there was something fishy about Rajput’s suspected suicide.
“There is suspicion that someone is involved in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and if his family approaches me for legal help then I will definitely help them. I will not will not spare anyone who is responsible for the death of Rajput,” fired Satpute.
It must be recalled that time and again Dutta had spoken of being ostracized by the industry at large for speaking up against the harassment she endured while filming Horn ok pleassss. Post the issue with Patekar, Dutta’s career headed no way as she struggled to get good quality, big banner work and eventually left the country. However, sources say that things are perhaps changing as Dutta is now being considered for some good projects and is currently evaluating some scripts.