Tanushree Dutta Revives 10-Year-Old Controversy, Alleges Harrassment By Nana Patekar

| September 26 , 2018 , 14:20 IST

Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta on Tuesday opened up about a 10-year-old controversy, in which she alleged that she was harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of 2009 film Horn 'Ok' Pleassss. For the first time, she blamed veteran actor Nana Patekar who headlined the cast of the film.

In an interview, Tanushree Dutta said. "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."

The Aashiq Banaya Aapne fame actress said that #MeToo movement won't reach India until everyone acknowledges what happened with her a decade ago. She added that though people spoke about the controversy, nobody took action.

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Tanushree said that there is no hope for a better work environment in Bollywood if A-listers do not boycott actors like Nana Patekar.

She said: "Akshay Kumar has made few films with Nana Patekar in last eight years and Rajinikanth also recently worked with him (in Kaala)... If such big stars will keep working with these culprits then there's no hope for any movement to happen."

Tanushree also said "Everyone has gossiped about this but they've never spoken. People with this kind of character speak like this against the kind of character that I have because they say she does glamourous roles so must be glamorous and all. Behind the back, they are so dirty. When you are in the industry you hear so many stories about these actors. But these things never take surface because they are PR packaged very well. They will give some money to some poor farmers. How much they do and how much they don't know, no one knows. But all this is just for show,"

Tanushree Dutta's debut film was Aashiq Banaya Apne in 2005, co-starring Emraan Hashmi and Sonu Sood. Since then, she has starred in films like DholGood Boy, Bad Boy and Apartment in 2010, which was her last onscreen appearance.