In what can be perceived as a bold move to name and shame sexual predators in Bollywood, actress and former Miss India Tanushree Dutta on Tuesday accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct on the sets of 2009 film Horn Ok Pleassss.
At that time, Dutta had spoken out against Patekar for making inappropriate advances during the shoot of a song, a project that she eventually dropped out of.
This revelation could put the wheels of the #MeToo movement in action in India, which hasn’t gathered much momentum in Bollywood because actresses have shied away from speaking out about the industry’s underbelly.
But Dutta, who was last seen on the big screen in 2010, didn’t hold back.
“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, his behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it,” said Dutta in an interview in Hindi with Zoom TV.
Patekar is yet to comment on Dutta’s allegations.
However in 2008, when Dutta accused him of sexual misconduct, he denied her claims at a press conference.
“At that time when I accused Nana Patekar of sexual misconduct, nobody stood by me as we were living in a climate of fear and silence,” said Dutta.
Earlier this week, Dutta revisited that episode in her life and claimed that an actor had mistreated her, touched her inappropriately and had demanded that an intimate scene be inserted into her song, without naming the perpetrator.
Apart from calling out Patekar, Dutta also accused the choreographer on the 2008 sets of Horn Ok Pleassss Ganesh Acharya and its producer of being complicit in the crime as they stood by silently witnessing the harassment.Follow @THEPANIPURI