Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Former Miss India Tanushree Dutta accuses Nana Patekar of harassment

Former Miss India Tanushree Dutta accuses Nana Patekar of harassment

"Nobody has right to say anything to me", Dutta said.

Tanushree had alleged that Ganesh Acharya's name was recommended by the actress, and that she felt a "stabbed in the back" when he continued to work with Patekar. And the producers called up the media to gain publicity from the whole situation. Tanushree's vehicle was vandalised. The gates were opened only when police arrived.

"He has always misbehaved with women". He has beaten few actresses on the sets and also molested them. "His behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it", she was quoted as saying in the interview. "Everyone gossips behind [his] back", she said.

Recounting the incident and its aftermath, she claimed, "When I tried to escape they called the media, they called some people to mob lynch and attack my auto".

Tanushree's reference to Nana Patekar sending goons to harass her was corroborated by a journalist who witnessed them 10 years ago. After this, TV actor Mohit Raina has come out in support of the actress.

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She also said, "Everyone has gossiped about this but they've never spoken". It was like people were hearing me, but were not listening. But I can confirm that nothing this sort of happened.

Dutta also said that popular actors have worked with Patekar despite knowing about his alleged mistreatment of actresses and named Akshay Kumar and Rajnikanth. Nana Patekar was seen in the Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala recently. "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. She said that one of her friends had once overheard an actor talking to a casting director about choosing the female lead in a film. Rakesh Sarang, who now produces the TV show Crime Patrol, directed the film and he as well as several others seem to have been part of a cover-up that led to the incident going unreported.

In another clip shared by ZoomTV, an actor, who was being asked about who should be cast as the heroine, apparently asked no questions about the heroine's acting skills or anything related to her profession.

Further adding about this culture which prevails in the entire Bollywood, Tanushree quipped, "The entire industry saw what happened but there was not one word of condemnation from anybody".

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