Mar Gaye Oye Loko Actress Sapna Pabbi Speaks About Sexual Harrassment

by Monita Sharma
Sapna Pabbi, a Bollywood actress who recently made her debut in Punjabi film ‘Mar Gaye Oye Loko’ starring Gippy Grewal in the lead role, recently came out in support of actress Tanushree Dutta, who has accused Nana Patekar of sexual abuse. Pabbi talked about the sexual harrassment that she had to face during a shoot in a long Instagram post.
Recalling the incident, she said that she was forced into wearing an uncomfortable bikini for several hours during a dance sequence which resulted in agonising chest pain. She insisted on removing the underwires of the bikini, but the (female) stylist dismissed her request.

In a long Instagram post, Pabbi expressed her disappointment at a female colleague who she said colluded with the male directors. “Sadly I have been disappointed with the way some of these women (and others within my working environment) have remained absent during such traumatic and difficult situations and were merely witnessing, if not taking advantage, themselves,” she wrote.

“If we do not support our girls, how can we expect our male colleagues to do so? I have witnessed women from several professional industries bully other women to secure their own position and accelerate their image in the eyes of their male peers,” she added.

The next day, when she was physically slow at work due to pain, the male directors told her that she was becoming too difficult to work with and accused her of throwing tantrums about a ‘poxy bra’. “It is just a bra, Sapna!”, they said.

Pabbi added, “I was judged for complaining about a bra by a man; however it was a fellow sister, the one who I reached out to in confidence for support, that stabbed [me] in the back. Can we please stop doing this to each other please? offices, schools, shooting sets everywhere!”.

Recently, Bollywood Actress Tanushree Dutta filed a complaint against Nana Patekar for sexual abuse. However, Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri have denied all the allegations made against her. 

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