Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta has accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of misconduct while the duo was shooting for a special song for 'Horn Ok Pleassss' in 2008. In addition to accusing Nana Patekar, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress also lashed out at choreographer Ganesh Acharya for pressurising her for an intimate sequence in the song. The actress further went on to accuse the producer of the film, Sami Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang of harassing her on the set.
Several celebrities have come out in support of the actress including Sonam Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Twinkle Khanna, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Renuka Shahane, Anurag Kashyap, Kajol, Kangana Ranaut, Esha Gupta, Freida Pinto, Kunal Kapoor, Lisa Ray, Koena Mitra and Raveena Tandon to name a few. While several celebrities have maintained silence on the issue including Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Kalki Koechlin and Shakti Kapoor to name a few.
Actress and VJ Sophie Choudry recently spoke about the matter. She said, "I think the worst thing happening is that people are asking Tanushree 'why 10 years later'. In ten years, she really disappeared. She is not at her prime, that a controversy can make her an A-list actress. To be honest, having known Tanushree, I think she was on a show, where she was asked why she disappeared from films, to which she gave a clear answer. The environment is such that the allegations have become a great deal, which is really great. Ten years ago, even if I had tried to bring out issues or many of us who must have faced issues, the environment was not friendly. God forbid if you were glamorous, the blame would come on the victim."
On October 6, Tanushree Dutta filed a fresh complaint against Nana Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, Sami Siddiqui, Rakesh Sarang, and MNS party workers for sexual harassment. Meanwhile, Nana Patekar has sent the actress a legal notice. In addition to accusing Nana Patekar, Dutta also accused Vivek Agnihotri of misconduct on the sets of the 2005 film, 'Chocolate'.
Dutta is expected to release a statement on October 9. Meanwhile, Nana Patekar addressed the press for less than a minute on October 8. He said that he will speak on the matter as his lawyer has instructed him not too.
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