After speaking about how the #MeToo struck Bollywood several years ago, Tanushree Datta has gone ahead and named her alleged harasser. In an interview with Zoom TV, the actor spoke about the incident which happened in 2008 on the sets of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss. Tanushree accused Nana Patekar of wanting to touch her inappropriately while shooting an intimate song sequence in the film, even though it was not mentioned in her contract.
“I want to take names – actor Nana Patekar, producer Sami Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and choreographer Ganesh Acharya. 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. It was supposed to be a solo sequence of mine,” said Tanushree Datta in an interview with Zoom TV.
“He misbehaved with me on the sets, grabbed me by the arms and the next thing I know he wanted to do an intimate sequence with me. It was ridiculous.” – Actress #TanushreeDutta calls out actor #NanaPatekar for harassing her! #TanushreeExposesBollywood pic.twitter.com/jycNdYuPiX
— Zoom TV (@ZoomTV) September 25, 2018
She also said that when she voiced her concerns, no one on set paid heed. Added to that, not one person from the film fraternity condemned Nana Patekar’s actions, said Tanushree.
“When I had complained about the same to the producer director, and told them to ask him (Nana Patekar) to stay away from me, they didn’t pay heed. Just because I was new to the film industry, whether or not it was required, let’s do an intimate scene with her”. –Tanushree Datta
In a previous interview with News18, Tanushree spoke about how the Bollywood film fraternity did not stand up for her.
“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 said.
When the incident made headlines in 2008, Nana Patekar had categorically refuted the claims.
“Tanushree is my daughter’s age and I have no clues about what made her say such things about me. I have been a part of this film industry since the last 35 years and haven’t had anyone saying such things about me ever,” addressed Nana in a press conference in 2008.
After Tanushree refused to shoot the item song with Nana in 2008, the producers were quick to replace the actor with Rakhi Sawant.