Each day sees new developments in the Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar row where the former alleged misconduct on the latter's behaviour on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss'. The incident that occurred in 2008 created a stir in the industry with several eminent Bollywood celebrities extending their support to Tanushree. The actress has been praised for her courage about speaking up and has started India's #MeToo movement of sorts.
In an exclusive conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, Tanushree Dutta spoke at length about the incident that took place in 2008 on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss' and said, "Nobody in their right mind will put themselves through what I'm going through, with legal notices slapped on me. With threats issued to me of mob violence, legal threats. Knowing full well, the legal system of our country, the justice system of our country is never something that anybody would want to get into. Having been a victim, court cases go on for years and years. In this country, if you want to harass a woman and re-harass a woman, you drag her to court. And it will just go on for years and then the matter will become "sub judice". The media will have to shut up, I will have to shut up, everybody shuts up and sub judice matter in the court can just go on and on and on. It causes damage to me because I don't live here anymore. Why would I want to come to this country and get embroiled in all this? Plus the sl*t shaming, plus the smear campaigns that are being run on me. I have gone through all of this 10 years ago."
Tanushree Dutta who always dreamt of living the suburban life in the US spoke about the struggle that she has faced as she came out in the open to discuss an incident that took place in 2008 on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss' as she filmed a special song for the film. According to the actress, the song was to be a solo. Tanushree Dutta has accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of misbehaviour on the sets and grabbing her in one of her latest statements. The actress further lashed out at choreographer Ganesh Acharya for pressurising her for an intimate sequence in the song. The 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress has also accused producer Sami Siddiqui and captain of the ship Rakesh Sarang of harassing her on the sets of the film.
When Tanushree was asked to explain the smear campaigns and the sl*t shaming, in an exclusive conversation with Republic TV Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, the actress said, "People are saying all kinds of things. Nana Patekar, his group, they are putting people in front on social media, spreading lies, misinformation. Of course, they are going to do that. They are not going to admit it, right. "Hey, yeah we harassed her". They are not going to do that. They are obviously going to combat it. This is a age-old saga in our country. Every time a woman has ever spoken up she gets dragged, she gets shamed."
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.
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 address the media in a press conference on October 8.