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Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta has alleged veteran actor Nana Patekar sexually harassed her.
During an interview, Tanushree said that Nana’s reputation of sexual misconduct is well known in the Hindi film industry, but little has been done about it.
Tanushree’s allegations come a day after she alleged that she had been mistreated on the sets of her 2008 film Horn OK Please. However, she had not disclosed the name of the actor.
“Everyone knows about Nana 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 crude but no publication has printed anything about it,” she said during an interview with Zoom.
While addressing media, the actor was asked about the #MeToo movement and she said it will never arrive in India because of the industry’s hypocrisy. We cannot expect change until what happened to me in 2008 is acknowledged, she had said.
“The entire industry saw what happened but there was not one word of condemnation from anybody. Every single person in this country remembers my incident and this was something on national TV for three days but even today there’s a stoic silence on that. So, my question is, ‘Who is going to believe these hypocrites?’ These are the people who stand up and raise their voice against women empowerment,” she had said.
The actor had also given a detailed account of how the male actor 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.
When inquired, Veteran Bollywood actor Nana Patekar has denied sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by actress Tanushree Dutta.
Speaking to Times Now, Patekar said he is considering legal action against Tanushree.
“What do you mean sexual harassment? There were 50-100 people on the set with me,” Patekar said when asked about the allegations.
“Will see what I can do legally. It’s a waste talking to media, you guys will play up anything,” he added.
Responding to Tanushree’s claim that Patekar does charity work as a cover for his alleged “terrible behavior”, the veteran actor said, “People can say whatever they want to say, I will keep doing my work.”
So far, Bollywood has failed to respond to the accusations against Patekar. Amitabh Bachchan refused to comment on the matter while Aamir Khan offered a diplomatic response and choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who worked on the 2008 film in question, defended Patekar and said, “I can confirm that nothing this sort of happened. It’s a wrong statement that Nana ji called members of some political party on set.”