Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Nana Patekar accused of having ‘a history of assaulting women’

Tanushree Dutta opens about harassment Tanushree Dutta opens up about being harassed by Nana Patekar
Michele Schwartz | 27 September, 2018, 11:45

Former Bollywood actor Tanushree Dutta recently on a show made a startling revelation, that not many fans would have known, as she spoke about veteran actor Nana Patekar assaulting actresses. "Everyone knows that he has a history of assaulting women and that is an unspoken truth in this industry", Tanushree told Zoom TV in an interview. She added, "People in the industry know that he [Patekar] has beaten actresses, he has molested them". She alleged him of being abusive and rude to women, adding to the statement, she said that he has always been disrespectful towards female actors.

"They called me a slut, an unprofessional. when I spoke about it eight to ten years back".

In its May 30 issue, Outlook had done a cover story, #memum investigating prevalence of the casting couch in the Indian film industry.

Dutta also said that popular actors have worked with Patekar despite knowing about his alleged mistreatment of actresses and named Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth. "If such big stars will keep working with these culprits then there's no hope for any movement to happen", she was quoted as saying. "But there he was... pulling me my arms, teaching me the dance", Tanushree Dutta says, recounting the shooting of her 2009 movie Horn "Ok" Pleassss.

Revealing a few more names, she added, "I want to take names - actor Nana Patekar, producer Sami Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and choreographer Ganesh Acharya". But these things never take surface because they are PR packaged very well. She told the publication that she had brought up allegations of sexual harassment in the industry way before Hollywood took on the issue a year ago through the Me Too movement, but no one had paid heed to her. "He was behind everything and was supported by Ganesh Acharya, the producer and director".

Dutta won the Femina Miss India Universe title in 2004 and made her Hindi film debut with Aditya Datt's Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005). They will give some money to some poor farmers.

Recalling the 2008 incident, she said that according to the contract, she was to do a solo number. "Apni tharak nikaalne ka ek side ka tareeka hai (It was just a way for him to satisfy his lust)", she said. "Instead of paying heed to what I was saying, they wanted to listen to Nana Patekar's demand of doing an intimate step with me", Dutta commented.

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