Actress Tanushree Dutta is regarded as the founding-mother of the #MeToo movement in India. When she spoke about her harroing experience from 10 years ago, she opened up the floodgates for numerous other women from every walk of life to come forward with their stories.
But now, Dutta is done. She is all set to return to the US, and refuses to take credit for starting the movement in India.
“The media is just making a heroine out of an ordinary person’s organic journey. I was not the doer but just a conduit and a vessel through which some change or awareness had to come about in society,” she said.
Not that she is distancing herself completely from the movement. “In a way, I needed retribution too from the incident that pushed me back several years in my professional life.”
But now it’s time for her to return to routine life in the US.
“I live there now. I was anyways supposed to go back eventually. This became a very long holiday by default and I’ll be back again. But I’m going to miss it though, my family and everything else here,” said Dutta.
She is sure the #MeToo movement will go on in India regardless of her presence.
“Nothing should be dependent on me because when things are dependent on the initiative by a single individual, they get bound and don’t flourish freely in its own time,” the actress said.