Talented and versatile film and TV actor, Rohit Roy, created a stir yesterday, when, in an interview to Republic TV on the raging Tanushree Dutta – Nana Patekar alleged sexual molestation matter, he said, “I don’t understand Tanushree’s allegations,” (pointed to 100 people being on set) and also advised the media to exercise restraint.
In a bid to understand what made Rohit, last seen in the recent Viu web series, Memories, say the above things, we touched base with him. He said, “Having worked with both, it is not right on my part to comment on what we have just read. You need to appreciate the fact that I was not there and neither do I have any first-hand information. So whatever I say will go against either of them, which is not desirable.”
Rohit is working with Nana in the under-production, Housefull 4. He had also acted with Tanushree in the 2010 horror flick, Apartment.
But you said that hundreds of others were there? “Well they might have been there, but wasn’t I right?”
“All I will say is that while we all know of Nana’s alleged anger, no one has accused him of the above-stated misconduct. Also, it would be wrong to question Tanushree speaking again after ten long years; something must have happened within her. I don’t want to take sides and no other responsible person should, either.”
“My media comment also needs to be seen in the above context, for it is not prudent to ask others to comment on an incident that happened in their absence.” When asked about the casting couch, he says, “While this human weakness has been there for ages, I don’t think it happens much in the last 2 decades with women coming into their own, which is a good thing.”
He wraps up by saying, “No producer or director worth his salt will hire artists just for sexual favours. Also, most in our trade will be scared of getting exposed because of media focus, which is not the case in other sectors.”