While we have had several complaints in the #MeToo movement which is gaining momentum, here is a case in point where a filmmaker and an actor decided to shut the door on a make-up artist who was sexually harassing a female colleague on the set. The incident happened at Yash Raj Studios on the sets of Ajay Devgn-Tabu starrer De De Pyaar De, produced by Luv Ranjan. Tanya Paul Singh, who has been vocal about the debutant director Adnan Shaikh having sexually harassed her while she worked with him on Ahmed Khan's Baaghi 2, also tells us that even this coin has two sides.
The story goes that Tanya was glued to the monitor, all wired up watching a scene. Suddenly, she felt that somebody had started to massage her shoulders. For a second or two, she did not bother; her initial feeling was that it was a female colleague on the set who was doing it. Suddenly she realised that the hands were stronger and bigger and felt it was a male. Before she could take her next breath, the hands had moved down till her tailbone. Tanya swirled around and was shocked to see that the middle-aged make-up artist of Ajay Devgn, Harish, standing behind her. Says Tanya, "Yes, this happened in May 2018. He even leaned very close to me and I could even feel his breath. It was disgusting."
A colleague of Tanya brought this incident to Ranjan's notice who immediately took remedial measures. "Ranjan called for a meeting and said that he wouldn't have any such nonsense exist on the sets of his film. He later told Ajay sir and thereafter, Harish was asked to leave. We saw him for the next two days though, he was styling Ajay sir in his vanity van only and not coming on the sets, but that too was stopped. Harish was officially asked to leave," Tanya said.
Ajay Devgn & Tabu
Harish has served Devgn since nearly 20 years on most of his films- and the general feeling on the set was that he might get away with a lighter punishment. "But it was good to see that Devgn sir and Ranjan treated this as a serious matter," Tanya concluded. Post Harish's exit, Ajay was getting his make-up done on the sets of De De Pyaar De from Tabu's make-up artist Vicky.
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