Indian model-turned-actress Tanushree Dutta, who has been accusing Nana Patekar of sexual harassment for a quite some time now, has finally filed a police complaint against the veteran Bollywood actor at Mumbai's Oshiwara police station in connection with the 2008 incident at the Filmistan studio 3. According to reports, the written complaint, filed by Dutta, has mentioned the name of actor Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Sameer Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and a few MNS workers, who were closely associated with the 2009 film Horn OK Please.
Tanushree in her complaint said she has lodged an FIR under section 354, 354 (A), 509 and 34 of IPC against the above-mentioned people. The Maharashtra police will now first investigate the facts and later take any decision regarding the same.
The complaint filed by Tanushree Dutta is as follows:
"On 23rd March 2008, I was shooting for a song in the film Horn OK Please at the Filmistan studio 3. The song was supposed to be solo on me only. Nana Patekar having only one line in the entire song which was not part of my choreography rehearsal which took place on 17, 18 and 20 March 2008 at Shirique hall under the supervision of choreographer Ganesh Acharya. Before the shoot, I had clearly said I will not enact or perform any lewd or vulgar steps," the complaint read.
"On the 4th day of shoot 26th March, while the shoot was going on, Nana Patekar's behaviour was inappropriate towards me, he was on the set despite his work in the song was over. He was grabbing me by the arms and pushing me towards me around on the pretext of teaching me how to dance. When he was touching indecently and unnecessary than I felt very uncomfortable because of hai behaviour and I felt he has outraged my modesty and embarrassed. He told other staffs and choreographer to step away so that he can teach me dance even though he was not the choreographer," Tanushree recounted.
"I complained this to the producer, director and choreographer, hoping they will take action. When I returned back from my Vanity Van after an hour I was told that a few more steps are added in the song which is with Nana Patekar and all very intimate with him. I refused to do any such steps. I was forced to do the steps by the director, producer and choreographer and all the while when it was happening, Nana Patekar stayed on the set and listening everything,' the actress went on to claim further.
The former Miss India and Bollywood actress had been away from the country for quite some time and returned to India in July this year. In a recent interview with Zoom TV, Tanushree made the shocking revelation on Patekar’s alleged indecent behaviour with her in 2008 on the sets of film Horn Ok Pleassss.
“Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women. People in the industry know 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,” she told Zoom TV.
Giving another edge to the controversy, Nana, on the other hand, dismissed all such allegations and slapped a legal notice to the actress, asking for an apology.
Soon after the incident took the social media by storm, a number of Bollywood personalities, including Farhan Akhtar, Kajol, Ayushmann Khurrana and Priyanka Chopra came out in support of Dutta.
In what could be another big blow for Patekar, Tanushree will hold a press conference on October 8 at her residence in suburban Andheri, Mumbai on the same.