Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

Tanushree Dutta Names Nana Patekar As Alleged Harasser 10 Years Ago

Tanushree Dutta Names Nana Patekar As Alleged Harasser 10 Years Ago

When Nana Patekar misbehaved with me, he voiced out that he would do an intimate step with me as well in the song, which wasn't mentioned in my contract.

Patekar said there were four to five hundred people present on set which made it impossible for someone to sexually harass a woman and get away with it. He concluded by stating that they had conceded to her demands then and now that she has once again thrown these allegations, Nana can take legal recourse against her. I want the industry to ban these people from working just to set an example for others. She was shooting what was supposed to be her solo song (later performed by Rakhi Sawant) when Nana Patekar was on set. Tanushree has stated in her latest interview that Nana grabbed her by her arms during the shoot. The actress held a press conference this afternoon where she lambasted the actor apart from slamming choreographer Ganesh Acharya for defending him. "So when we filed the police report, they filed a counter complaint and because of the counter FIR, my dad, hair dresser and spot boy had to go through so much harassment over the next couple of years", she said.

Recounting the incident and its aftermath, she claimed, "When I tried to escape they called the media, they called some people to mob lynch and attack my vehicle".

Patekar, who had remained unavailable for comment since the news broke, told Mirror Now, "What can I do about it?"

Later, calling Patekar a criminal, Tanushree had said that big names in Bollywood should not have worked with him. Nana was apparently shooting a song after many years because of which he was "very excited". "Will anybody take advantage in front of 400 people?" he questioned.

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Ganesh Acharya, who was the choreographer for the film, directed by Rakesh Sarang, refuted all the charges and called Patekar a "sweet person". "But if something has happened, it is always sad and people should investigate".

During the interview, she also alleged that the actor had the tacit support of the film's makers.

Journalist Janice Sequeira penned a Twitter thread corroborating Tanushree's account of what happened a decade ago, while Ganesh Acharya has denied it. He was referring to Tanushree Dutta's criticism of using his charity work as a cover for his allegedly bad behaviour.

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday refused to comment avoided on fellow actor Nana Patekar harassment claims.

Khan said it would be unfair on his part to comment on the controversy without knowing the "veracity" or the "details" of the matter.

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