The Marathi manufacturing home, Panorama Productions,is but to put in writing to Mane. They haven’t adopted the Vishaka pointers stipulated by the Supreme Courtroom of India relating to sexual harassment at office and despatched the grievance to the committee it’s sure to have below the regulation. There isn’t any readability both concerning the nature and timing of the grievance made by Shravani Pillai. What has added to the controversy is the truth that Pillai’s husband, Unnikrishnan Pillai, is an workplace bearer within the Bharatiya Janata Occasion.
“I’ve not been informed what’s the grievance in opposition to me or given an opportunity to elucidate,” grumbles Mane. Political events and the trade seem to have been quiet due to the grievance by Pillai, unwilling to get dragged into any controversy round private, skilled or sexual misconduct. When this journalist despatched a message to Amit Deshmukh, the minister of cultural affairs, he replied somewhat diplomatically, “Will study”.
Nevertheless, Maharashtra Girls’s Fee registered Mane’s spouse’s grievance and has sought a response from the manufacturing home.
The 4 feminine co-stars declare Mane has by no means used even a single cuss phrase on the units. “Bantering, arguing and even teasing and taunting one another is frequent on any set; however there isn’t a method Mane has misbehaved with anybody at any time,” mentioned Prajakta Kelkar. She is nervous of the fallout on the trade and different actors. The viewers would be the losers, she warns.
Shweta Ambikar, one other co-star, additionally frowns on tarnishing the actor’s fame. “He has by no means behaved inappropriately. All of us are collectively on the set and he has not abused anybody. He’s an intensive skilled and we had been shocked after these allegations had been made. It has not been straightforward for us to talk up, however on the finish of the day, we needed to be clear to our conscience,” she mentioned, conceding that every one 4 have risked their very own profession by sticking their neck out.
They’re already feeling the warmth in view of silence by trade veterans. “We do sense the stress on the set and we are able to really feel the strain as solely 4 of us ladies have come out to talk the reality,” she admitted.
(This was first printed in Nationwide Herald on Sunday)