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Ishita Dutta reacts to sister Tanushree Dutta slamming friend Ajay Devgn: ‘This puts me in precarious situation’

Actor Ishita Dutta has spoken about her sister Tanushree Dutta’s recent statements against her friend and former co-actor Ajay Devgn. “This could land me in a precarious situation,” she said.

bollywood Updated: Apr 20, 2019 12:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Ishita Dutta,Ajay Devgn,Tanushree Dutta
Ajay Devgn and Ishita Dutta in a promotional still for Drishyam.

Actor Ishita Dutta has said that her sister Tanushree Dutta’s recent comments against Ajay Devgn have put her in an odd situation - she has worked with Ajay previously and shares a good equation with him.

Tanushree had accused Ajay of supporting the Bollywood comeback of rape accused actor Alok Nath, who was revealed to be a part of Ajay’s upcoming film, De De Pyaar De. Tanushree, who is largely credited with having spearheaded the #MeToo movement in India after accusing co-star Nana Patekar of on set sexual harassment that allegedly took place in 2008, said Ajay could have reshot Alok Nath’s scenes after allegations were made against him. The veteran TV and film actor has been accused of rape by writer Vinta Nanda, and sexual harassment by several others.

Ishitia said in a statement, according to Pinkvilla, “I understand that this could land me in a precarious situation, but what’s right is right. My sister is supporting the truth. My equation with Ajay sir is separate and bears no connection with what my sister feels about the situation. I don’t think he will be upset or angry with me for what she has to say.”

Sisters Tanushree and Ishita Dutta pictured together.

Ajay in his defence had said in a statement that Alok Nath’s scenes had been filmed before allegations against him were made public. He said that his scenes involved a long schedule involving multiple actors, locations and days. To re-shoot his scenes would be impossible, and a decision that couldn’t be made by just him. He had said, “I reiterate I am extremely sensitive to the #MeToo movement. But when circumstances are beyond me, I don’t see why an attempt is being made to `single’ me out as being insensitive. This is untrue”

Ishitia supported this and said, “Ajay sir isn’t the producer of the film, so he can’t be solely responsible. It has to be a collective decision. I believe that they (the makers of the film) couldn’t have possibly done anything about it.”

Tanushree in an open letter had said, “Overrated actors and human beings who have created a clout by clever PR machinery and careful manipulation of public sentiments, old stuffy morons who can’t tell the difference between what’s right and wrong and what is the need of the hour.”

De De Pyaar De is an upcoming comedy film produced by Luv Ranjan, which also stars Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu in supporting roles. Ajay was recently seen in the box office hit Total Dhamaal. Ishita played Ajay Devgn’s character’s daughter in Drishyam.

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First Published: Apr 20, 2019 12:35 IST