Tanushree Dutta: I was sexually harassed by Nana Patekar

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"Just stop working with them".

According to Indian journalist Akur Pathak the "Sholay" actor took an obscure tone during the presser when presented with the question saying: "Neither am I Tanushree, not am I Nana Patekar, so how can I comment on this?" "It was supposed to be a solo sequence of mine", the actress said. Back then Nana Patekar refuted the claims made by the actress in a press conference and said, "Tanushree is my daughter's age and I have no clues about what made her say such things about me". She also alleged that Mr Patekar sent goons from the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS after her when she rejected his advances.

Tanushree went on to say that she had complained about it to the producer director, but nobody paid attention. Dutta also claimed that Patekar called people working for the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who intimidated her and damaged her vehicle. She added, even though everyone the industry knew about Nana Patekar's behaviour with women, no one spoke about it.

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Nana Patekar or his spokesperson have not released a statement about the incident again.

Tanushree, in an interview to IANS, recounted Nana's "misbehaviour" on the set. Nana was apparently shooting a song after many years because of which he was "very excited". She walked out of it, citing Nana Patekar's indecent behaviour as the reason. "People have been arrogantly carrying forward this narrative", she said. When you are in the industry you hear so many stories about these actors.

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. "When I was called for rehearsal I was told that Nana ji was also there in the song". He said that "something" did happen that day because the "shooting was stalled" because of some "misunderstanding". They vandalised my auto completely. But I can confirm that nothing this sort of happened. "Everyone knows that he has a history of assaulting women and that is an unspoken truth in this industry", Tanushree told Zoom TV in an interview.

Meanwhile, stars Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have weighed in on the controversy after they were asked about it at the trailer launch event for their new film, Thugs of Hindostan.