Last year, we saw a number of women from the entertainment industry coming forward with their experiences of sexual assault and harassment. The #metoo movement started gaining momentum in India after Tanushree Dutta came forward with her account of abuse and harassment, accusing actor Nana Patekar and director Vivek Agnihotri of inappropriate conduct in two separate incidents during the shooting of a film in 2008.
TV actress Tina Dutta has also opened up on being in an abusive relationship for five years.
She recently revealed to BT that she was in an abusive relationship for almost five years, which ended in 2015. Tina says she kept quiet because she cared for the guy and wanted the relationship to work at any cost.
Tina said, “I was in a relationship with a non-industry guy for five years. We had met through common friends. But I called time on it, because he was extremely abusive, verbally and physically. I would get bashed up even in front of my friends. I went bonkers to an extent that my confidence took a beating.
She further adds, “I never wanted to go public with my relationship, but I feel that it’s time to speak up.”
The actress also revealed that now she is ready to settle down, saying, “I want to settle down and not go about having affairs and then nursing heartbreaks. I have always wanted a love marriage, but God is not sending anyone my way. I don’t want to marry someone from the industry, especially an actor, as the relationship will be marred by insecurities. I have seen several failed marriages between actors,”
Tinaa also talked about not getting work for very long after her hit show Uttaran ended. She had to wait for quite some time before she bagged the lead in Karamfal Data Shani.
She said, “’Uttaran’ was a big show and Ichha (her character) became synonymous with me. I tasted success at a very young age, and so, I had to wait patiently. It can get tough, as actors have to take care of their EMIs and lifestyle. Fortunately, I had enough savings. The problem is that you become a workaholic when you have been shooting for five years at a stretch and suddenly, you are doing nothing. Initially, I enjoyed that phase, it felt like a much-deserved holiday. But after a point, it became frustrating. After a show ends, you start from scratch — giving auditions and waiting for a positive outcome. It’s depressing when things don’t work out, but you have to be really strong and positive at that time.”
Tina rose to fame with Uttaran in which she portrayed the character of Ichcha.
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