Tanushree Dutta recalls the horrifying experience with Raj Thackeray’s political party workers

Deanna Kelley
September 27, 2018

Tanushree has alleged that Nana asked choreographer Ganesh Acharya to include new dance steps in the song so that he could touch her inappropriately. There were around 400 people on the set that day.

Bachan's co-star Aamir Khan, on the other hand, said, "Without knowing anything I can not comment on this". I want the industry to ban these people from working just to set an example for others.

"He was grabbing me by the arms, pushing me around then he would ask the choreographers to move and teach me how to dance, and the next thing I know he wanted to do was an intimate sequence with me".

Tanushree had also alleged that Ganesh Acharya, the director, and the producer of the film Samee Siddiqui witnessed everything happen yet did nothing about it. "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. How do I know why she is saying this? However, no one stepped forward to support her.

Over 24 hours after the controversy surfaced, Bollywood has greeted Tanushree's story with a resounding silence.

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In a video interview with Zoom, Tanushree has also claimed that everyone in the film industry is aware of Nana Patekar's history of assaulting women but no-one ever speaks about it.

So far, Bollywood has failed to respond to the accusations against Nana Patekar with anything like the condemnation with which Hollywood reacted to Harvey Weinstein. "Will anybody take advantage in front of 400 people?" he questioned.

Even though Bollywood largely distanced itself from joining the debate, there have been a few actors who spoke out about sexual harassment in the industry, albeit without naming the perpetrators. Furthermore, the filmmaker called for a press conference where Nana Patekar denied the allegations and Tanushree was labelled as unprofessional. "Now whether such thing has happened it is for people to investigate it", he said. However, the account of a journalist, Janice Sequiera, who was on set to cover the behind the scenes of the song, confirmed that this happened. According to his quotes that he has given to the media recently, Sarang has claimed that Tanushree Dutta misjudged everything including Nana's encouragement.

Also, speaking about the same issue, Amitabh Bachchan said, "Na toh main Tanushree hu aur na hi Nana Patekar".

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