EXCLUSIVE | 'If I Wanted Publicity, Wouldn't I Have Gone And Done That Song? ' Asks Tanushree Dutta In Interview To Arnab Goswami

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Tanushree has accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of misconduct while the duo was shooting for a special song for 'Horn Ok Pleassss' in 2008. Talking about the reaction the actress has received from people about the incident, Tanushree, in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV said, "This is happening all over again and the same allegations of "publicity stunt" that were thrown at me 10 years ago, are being thrown at me today."

Written By Shruti Kapadia | Mumbai | Updated On:

Tanushree 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.

In an exclusive conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, Tanushree Dutta spoke at length about divulging the details of what happened on the day the incident took place. The actress also spoke about Barkha Trehan's comment. Barkha Trehan in a conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami had said, "What is she complaining about? She's an actress, so what if someone touches her, what's the big deal?"

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Tanushree Dutta expressed her thoughts on her comment in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami and said, "I heard that comment. It horrified me because I think she is misinformed. It's not touching, it's about consent. And it was supposed to be a solo song, right from Day 1."

Talking about what Tanushree felt about the incident at the current moment exclusively to Republic TV, the actress who accused Nana Patekar of grabbing her in one of her latest statements said, "There is no trauma and emotional charge associated with it anymore. There was at one point of time. It was very very hurtful. But now, in 8 years maybe some bit of it has remained. Now when I am facing the whole thing again, it makes me a little indignant as a human being that I can't believe it!"

Talking about the reaction the actress has received from people about the incident, Tanushree, in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami said, "This is happening all over again and the same allegations of "publicity stunt" that were thrown at me 10 years ago, are being thrown at me today. I cannot believe it. If I wanted publicity, wouldn't I have gone and done that song? I would have got more publicity out of it because that song would have played on TV for 30 days, played and replayed and I would have made the money that I was promised in that song. They didn't give me anything.

In an exclusive conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, talking about the allegations of coming out about the incident after 10 years to get fame and rich, Tanushree said, "They cancelled my cheques and everything. And I would have gone ahead and done shows on that song, multiple shows, and been rich. And I would have gotten publicity. Why would someone make themselves go through this? Being a woman and in this country, knowing full well the court system, the legal justice system, the law and order system. I can understand if somebody does that in America because you know even if they get dragged to court or even if they are dragging someone to court, three weeks and justice, convictions."

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, Anushka Sharma, Varun Dhawan, Mira Rajput Kapoor, Sapna Pabbi,  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. 

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Tanushree Dutta had also accused director Vivek Agnihotri of misbehaviour on the sets of the film 'Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets'. She alleged that the filmmaker asked her to take off her clothes and dance, in order to give cues to one of the male actors. However, she said that Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty stepped up for her and reprimanded the director for doing so. 

Meanwhile, actress Tanushree Dutta who is currently under police protection after receiving multiple threats has received two legal notices and has her legal team in place to fight what she calls is not a 'news story anymore but a war countless millions are fighting'. The 'Dhol' actress has received one legal notice for Nana Patekar, while the second one was served by director Vivek Agnihotri. Nana Patekar is expected to hold a press conference on October 8.

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