‘Nana Patekar has a history of assaulting actresses and no one has spoken about it,’ claimed Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree Dutta also alleged that many big actors and filmmakers in the industry are like that, but no one dares to speak about them.
In an interview with Zoom TV, Tanushree called out the veteran actor over the incident of her being sexually harassed by Nana in Horn OK Please movie's dance sequence.
Tanushree said, “Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women. People in the industry know about his background... that he has beaten actresses, he has molested them, his behaviour with women has always been rude but no publication has printed anything about it.”
"Post the incident on the sets of Horn OK Please, Nana Patekar called up his political party which has a reputation of lynching and causing damages on the sets. And the producers called up the media to gain publicity from the whole situation. On one side we had the media and on the other side we had the political party workers. They vandalised my car completely. So, I got off my vanity van and head towards our vehicle," she added.
"My father told the producers that we will leave for the day and asked them to think over the situation. My father told them that ‘this actor has been troubling my daughter for the last 2 days and she will not do any dance with him. If you guys insist on doing it, think over it’. And we sat in the car and wanted to leave. That's when we had a big group of media personnel on one side and the political party workers on the other side. They started attacking our car," Tanushree explained.
She also said, “I was probably one of the first people in the history of this country in the media field to speak up and stand up. Everybody saw what happened but the memory and the popular perception of it is that Tanushree Dutta spoke up against harassment and then she was no more."
Tanushree also gave a detailed account of how Nana had forced himself into a ‘solo’ dance sequence, touched her inappropriately and even demanded an intimate scene be retroactively added to the film. Tanushree had to eventually drop out of the dance number.
The actress also urged actors like Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth not to work with Nana Patekar, who sent goons to intimidate her and her family.
Not just Tanushree Dutta, many Bollywood actresses came out in the open and started a #MeToo movement. Actresses like Radhika Apte, Richa Chadda, Swara Bhasker and Konkona Sen Sharma have spoken about it, without revealing names.
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Last Updated Sep 26, 2018, 1:40 PM IST