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Deepa Mehta Hails Nandita Das’ Stand

A scene from Fire
A scene from Fire
Bollywood movie producer Deepa Mehta has commended the position taken by on-screen character and producer Nandita Das to help the ‘MeToo’ development notwithstanding leveling of charges of sexual molestation against her father Jatin Das.Deepa Mehta stated: “This is a brave, fearless and honest stance by Nandita Das. Being a sincere supporter of India MeToo, is not a contradiction to being the daughter of an alleged accused. Her honesty deserves our empathy not derision.” 

Amid allegations of sexual harassment against her father Jatin Das, actor and filmmaker Nandita Das has said that she will continue to support the ‘MeToo’ movement.

Nandita Das
Nandita Das

Deepa Mehta had directed critically acclaimed ‘Water’ and ‘Fire” which were nominated for the Oscar. It had starred Nandita Das in the lead.

At the same time, Deepa Mehta stressed that it was important to be sure about allegations so as not to dilute the movement.

In a post on Facebook, Nandita Das said, “As a strong supporter of the MeToo movement, I want to reiterate that I will continue to add my voice to it, despite the disturbing allegations made against my father, which he has categorically denied.

“I have maintained from the very start that this is the time we all need to listen, so that women (and men) feel safe to speak up. At the same time, it is also important to be sure about allegations so as not to dilute the movement.”

Nandita Das“I have received support from “friends and strangers – who are concerned and are trusting my integrity I do believe truth will prevail. And that is all I have to say on this matter,” she said.

The woman, Nisha Bora, in a post on Twitter, said Jatin Das, during a dinner event, asked whether she “had the time and willingness to assist him for a few days to organise his work material”, and after she gave her approval on the second day — at his Khidki village studio — he molested her.

Jatin Das, the painter, has, however, denied the allegations.

Jatin Das

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