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EXCLUSIVE | Nana Patekar Returns To Mumbai Amidst Sexual Harassment Allegations. Here's What He Had To Say

Written By Shruti Kapadia | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Tanushree Dutta's allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar has created a massive stir in the industry.
  • When the 'Aanch' actor was asked if there was any truth to the allegations on him made by Tanushree Dutta of any such incident taking place on the shoot of 'Horn Ok Pleassss', Patekar said, 'I have already answered this question 10 years back. What is a lie is a lie,' as he sat in his car with a smirk on his face. 

Tanushree Dutta's allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar has created a massive stir in the industry. Tanushree accused Patekar of misbehaving with her on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss' in 2008 while the duo was shooting for a special song for the film. In her previous statement, the 'Dhol' actress also lashed out at renowned choreographer Ganesh Acharya alleging that he pressurised her for an intimate sequence in the song which was supposed to feature Tanushree's solo performance instead of a duet. Tanushree further went on to accuse the producer of the film, Sami Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang for harassing her on the sets of the film. 

Amid allegations made by Tanushree against veteran actor Nana Patekar, the actor had flown to Jaisalmer to shoot for the fourth instalment of Sajid Khan's 'Housefull' series. The film has an ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde to name a few. After the allegations made by Tanushree, Patekar, with the help of his lawyer, Rajendra Shirodkar, slapped a legal notice against the actress demanding a written apology for maligning his image. 

Read | EXCLUSIVE | 'After This Incident, I Was Already Thrown Out Of This Industry,' Says Tanushree Dutta In Interview To Arnab Goswami

On Saturday, October 6, Republic TV tracked Nana Patekar as he was leaving for Mumbai from the Jodhpur airport. He was surrounded by armed officials as he got escorted into the airport. Patekar refused to answer any questions as he walked into Jodhpur airport.

However, when he landed in Mumbai Saturday, on October 6, Nana was surrounded by the media yet again. Replying to one of the questions asked by the Republic TV correspondent, walking towards his car, Patekar said, "I will talk about this later. I will talk about it at length later at the press conference."

When the 'Aanch' actor was asked if there was any truth to the allegations made by Tanushree Dutta of any such incident taking place on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss', Patekar said, "I have already answered this question 10 years back. What is a lie is a lie," as he sat in his car with a smirk on his face. 

In one of her latest statements, Tanushree Dutta gave a point-by-point insight about what happened on the day the incident took place.  In her statement the former Miss India Universe said: 

“I was watching Arnab’s debate. His guests are trying to overpower his stand because certain facts are not laid straight: 

1. It was supposed to be a solo dance sequence which at Nana's insistence was becoming a sleazy duet. They were forcing me to do a dance step that I was not comfortable with when I walked out of my set and into my vanity van.

2. Nana's behaviour on set was objectionable prior to this dance step issue. He was grabbing me and pulling and pushing me around on the pretext of teaching me how to dance..which is absurd. This behaviour I had complained to the producer-director and choreographer and they had assured me that they will sort the problem.

3.when instead of sorting the problem Nana continued to be on set when there was no need of him..and insisting on doing an intimate step with me disregarding my complaints the situation became clear to me.

4. I didn't give in to the manipulation and pressure and walked away..they did not like that and called the media and MNS.

5. MNS vandalised my car while my parents and I were in it.

6. Meanwhile, the producers continued giving damming .interviews to malign my reputation and hide their misdeeds by lies and misinformation.

7. The police rescued me and we were taken to the police station where I recounted fully what I'm saying today..word to word...so if the FIR is not found or is not deemed satisfactory then it's not my problem..I was there..I complained..

8. I have media interview extensively back then and never shied away from speaking on this incident the story remains the same.

9. There are witnesses who have come forward now corroborating my story. He should mention that to the detractors.

10. There was immense political pressure as well as pressure coming from all corners supported by Nana and his people to not go to court. Also considering what eventually happens in such cases in India where they can get dragged on for a year with no conclusion or justice...that path was not pursued.

11. About the crew members coming forward in support of Nana.. this should not be a surprise considering all these ppl stood watching as I got harassed, humiliated, intimidated by these men on set. So if they did nothing back then they were all complicit in it. Even when my car was being vandalised and my family's and my life in danger none of these crew members came to help.

12. Sending someone a legal notice doesn't mean that the one who has taken legal action is not guilty of the crime. This is a tactic used by many criminals to intimidate their victims from coming forward and punishing them by further harassing them.

13. Many victims after going through the trauma and humiliation and further harassment by the legal and court system resort to suicide to finally get freedom from their endless ordeal. These kinds of men drive her and push her towards her untimely death by the extreme pressure; political, social and legal pressure they subjugate their victims to after causing damage to her psychology, reputation, livelihood and everything else. The family too suffers a horrendous ordeal along with the victim which further weaken her resolve to live and fight."

Read | EXCLUSIVE | ‘In This Country, If You Want To Harass A Woman And Re-Harass A Woman, You Drag Her To Court,' Says Tanushree Dutta After Nana Patekar And Vivek Agnihotri Slap Legal Notices Against Her

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

 

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