The famous actress from late 2000’s, Tanushree Dutta has accused the veteran actor, Nana Patekar for sexual molestation and publicly beating his co-actresses. The ‘aashiq banaya apne’ famed actress previously opened up about a 10-year-old controversy, in which she confessed that she was harassed by an actor on the sets of 2009 film Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss.
In a shocking revelation, she blamed Patekar, who was the protagonist of the said film. According to Zoom TV, Dutta revealed that even though the industry insiders allegedly knew about Nana Patekar’s reportedly indecent behaviour with women, no one spoke about it.
On Tuesday, talking about the #MeToo movement in the Bollywood and its consequences, the former actress told News18 that #MeToo movement won’t have any effects in India until everyone acknowledges what happened with her a decade ago. She added that though people spoke about the controversy, nobody really did anything.
“Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women,” she said. “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 further added, “Akshay Kumar has made few films with Nana Patekar in last eight years and Rajinikanth also recently worked with him (in Kaala). If such big stars will keep working with these culprits then there’s no hope for any movement to happen.”
“Everyone has gossiped about this but they’ve never spoken. People with this kind of character speak like this against the kind of character that I have because they say she does glamourous roles so must be glamorous and all,” Dutta shared.
“Behind the back, they are so dirty. When you are in the industry you hear so many stories about these actors. But these things never take surface because they are PR packaged very well. They will give some money to some poor farmers. How much they do and how much they don’t know, no one knows. But all this is just for show,” she added.
Talking about the incident, she said that according to the contract, she was to do a solo number. However, from the first day of shoot, Patekar started misbehaving with her.
“I complained to the producer and the director about him pulling me and teaching me dance steps. Instead of paying heed to what I was saying, they wanted to listen to Nana Patekar’s demand of doing an intimate step with me,” Dutta revealed.
Dutta, who made a debut in 2005, was gone away from the lime light of Bollywood for almost a decade until she made an appearance recently.