Former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta recently opened up about a harassment incident that took place 10 years ago. The actress accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of alleged misconduct on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss' while the duo was reportedly shooting for a song for the film. Ever since the controversy broke out, it has become a burning topic of discussion. Various Bollywood celebrities including Varun Dhawan, Kajol, and Anushka Sharma have come forward in support of the actress.
The Cine and TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) also released an official statement regarding the accusation of the actress stating that her complaints were unheard. They claimed the association back then did not take the right decision and regrets the same. However, the organisation further stated that its unable to take a stand on the same because its constitutions bars it from taking up cases which are over 3 years old.
In an exclusive interview with Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief, Arnab Goswami, on Saturday, September 6, Tanushree Dutta opened up about her conversation with CINTAA post the incident. She said that she received a call from the CINTAA after the controversy broke out, but instead of extending their support they allegedly further accused her.
"This was so bizarre, I go for the CINTAA meeting thinking this is for me, when I go there I realize that this is not for me, this is to further accuse me." the actress stated.
Responding to how Bollywood celebrities reacted to her accusations, she said that she is dealing with a lot of nuisance already and expects nothing from them.
"When I hear this one said this and that one said that, I am blank. I am like, ya, its expected, I am not surprised," she said.
"The people who spoke in my favour are the ones who have been outspoken. They have been speaking about issues. they are new that don't play safe." she added.
Talking about veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, who chose to maintain his silence on the matter, Tanushree Dutta said, "It's sad that somebody who does movies on women empowerment and writes letters and blogs and all and the problem is right in your backyard you don't have anything to say, suddenly."
Meanwhile, talking about Salman Khan giving an irritated reaction when asked about Tanushree's accusations against Nana Patekar, the actress said, "You know, these people they wanted to go away, they are so uncomfortable with it. The concept of sexual harassment is so uncomfortable for them because it's so rampant in our industry. It is everywhere, like, we have heard and hushed whispers of horror stories through the years."
Meanwhile, Nana Patekar, who was shooting for his upcoming film in Jodhpur, reached Mumbai on Saturday. The veteran actor will reportedly be holding a press conference on October 8. Speaking to Tanushree Dutta, Republic TV earlier revealed that she has her legal team in place and will not let the case end.