Bollywood actress accuses Nana Patekar of sexual harassment


A day after revealing that she had been mistreated on the sets of a 2008 film, actor Tanushree Dutta has alleged that Nana Patekar sexually harassed her. Tanushree in an interview said that Nana's reputation of sexual misconduct is well known in the Hindi film industry, but little has been done about it. She claimed that Nata Patekar's indecent behaviour with women was an open secret in the film industry but nobody spoke about it."Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women". People in the industry know about his background... that he has beaten actresses, he has molested them.

Sharing her views regarding global movements like #MeToo and #Time'sUp, she said that these will never reach India until notable celebrities don't condemn and stand against what happened to her ten years ago. "But all this is just for show", she added.

Incidentally, Nana denied the allegations levelled against him then, saying that Tanushree was like his daughter.

"I had to deal with that over the years while these people were happily enjoying the limelight", added the actress, who featured in films like "Aashiq Banaya Aapne", "Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets", "Speed" and "Dhol", and has not had a flourishing career in Bollywood. Even though she subsequently starred in a few movies, her career was cut short allegedly due to this controversy. She said that the incident led her to step back from the film industry.

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Recalling the 2008 incident, she said that according to the contract, she was to do a solo number. "When I had complained about the same to the producer director, and told them to ask him (Nana Patekar) to stay away from me, they didn't pay heed".

Dutta also said that popular actors have worked with Patekar despite knowing about his alleged mistreatment of actresses and named Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth. The 34-year-old actress said everyone has gossiped about it but never spoken out aloud and Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth also work with Nana Patekar.

She revealed that after she refused to do a steamy scene with an actor, he called people from a political party who vandalised her vehicle. "If such big stars will keep working with these culprits then there's no hope for any movement to happen". They will give some money to some poor farmers.

Well, this sure is a shocking revelation about Nana Patekar, isn't it?