Recently during an interview, former Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta opened the floodgates of a controversy tailed by several murmurs and allegations in film industry. The actress decided to hold a public broadcast of her statement with Zoom TV’s ‘Planet Bollywood’ show aired on September 26th.
She alleged that actor Nana Patekar, producer Sami Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and choreographer Ganesh Acharya were responsible for hiring MNS goons and instigating an attack on her on the sets of the 2008 movie ‘Horn OK Pleasss’. It was followed after her refusal to do an intimate step in an item number with veteran actor Nana Patekar in spite of the contract clause mentioning it to be a solo performance. Patekar had coerced his way into filming an intimate sequence with her and was backed by the other three accused while doing so. After rehearsing for three days, choreographer Ganesh Acharya changed the steps on the day of the shoot.
She narrated the incident on the interview broadcasted by Zoom TV, saying, “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 behavior with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it”. She has also slammed A-listed stars citing their professional camaraderie with the accused. “Akshay Kumar has been consistently working with Nana Patekar… Rajnikanth recently did a movie with him”.
She was backed up by the recent twitter thread by Janice Sequeira who claimed to be an eyewitness of the incident and the mob thrashing her car. She stated that Tanushree was ‘visibly upset’ on the set and ‘in tears’ while narrating the incident to her later that night. Even Shyni Shetty, Assistant Director of the movie supported her version of the incident of shooting being stalled and MNS goons thrashing her car amidst media presence.
Her accusations were followed by mixed reactions by Bollywood stars. In a recent interview Amitabh Bachchan stated, “My name is neither Nana Patekar nor Tanushree Dutta. How can I answer the question?”. Even Amir Khan followed suit and many other actors and bigwigs remained quiet. However, the likes of Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Parineeti Chopra have tweeted in her support. Even Twinkle Khanna tweeted supported Janice’s account even though her husband had been slammed by Dutta for having worked with Nana Patekar. When director Rakesh Sarang was approached, he dismissed the incident stating she might be stirring up a controversy because she was looking to return to Bollywood. Actor Nana Patekar told a print media agency, “What can I do about it? You tell me”, while remaining widely indifferent to the allegations she charged. He also said he would be contemplating legal action against Dutta.
Now amidst all kinds of speculations what remains to be seen is the investigative and responsible reporting that can be done by the media for the various answers that are being sought. What is your opinion in these deliverance of social media statements and how far do they go in serving justice to the deserving?