Tanushree Dutta is an Indian model and actress who primarily appears in Bollywood movies. As of September 2018, Tanushree is a resident as well as a green card holder of the United States of America.
In an interview in 2013, she said that she hit depression after being traumatized on the sets of “Horn OK” in 2008. This made her take a break and try recuperation using eastern spirituality. Initially, she stayed at an ashram for one and a half years but that did not help.
Then, she went to Ladakh where she learns some Buddhist meditation related breathing techniques. These techniques eventually brought her out of depression. She has also advised Vipassana meditation. Tanushree credits this lesser-known Buddhist monastery in Ladakh for bringing her life back to normal.
She said that she also learned some lessons from this experience and added “there is no enlightenment, nirvana, moksha in the ashrams… it’s all bullshit! Husbands abandoning wives, children leaving parents… this is not spirituality.
‘You can seek spirituality by being with your family and doing your job…Someone who says he’s a guru – is he really enlightened? He hobnobs with politicians and celebrities instead. Despite a hundred self-proclaimed gurus, why do we have the maximum rapes and brutality here[India]”. Finally, she converted to Christianity.
On 26 September 2018, after having been out of the Bollywood spotlight for many years, Dutta gave an interview to Zoom TV in which she publicly accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of the movie Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss.This declaration would be seen as the catalyst of the Me Too movement in India, similar to one which happened in the U.S. a year earlier with Harvey Weinstein, in which more and more women in the entertainment industry would publicly announce high-profile individuals who had sexually exploited them.
Dutta had first made the allegations against Patekar in 2008, filing a complaint with the ‘CINTAA‘(Cine & TV Artists Association) but no action was taken as the case was considered a criminal case. The allegation was repeated in 2013 in an interview, and again largely ignored.
It was not until her September 2018 statements that the CINTAA apologized to Dutta, admitting that the “chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn’t even addressed[in 2008]” but added that since the case was more than three years old, they could not reopen it.
In an Interview, Tanushree said “He (Nana Patekar) called the MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) party to bash up my car. He was behind everything and was supported by choreographer Ganesh Acharya.”.
In a video from 2008, that went viral on the internet, goons are seen thrashing Tanushree’s car. A journalist named Pawan Bharadwaj was seen thrashing the car’s windshield with his camera, who later clarified that he attacked her car because earlier, he had a fight with Dutta’s team.
A defamation case was filed against her for her comments about MNS party. She was also served with two legal notices from Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri.
The assistant director of Chocolate, Satyajit Gazmer, has also turned down Tanushree’s claims. He has shared his version of the incident in an elaborate post on his Facebook page. In the particular scene “When we called Tanushree she did her rehearsals in the bathrobe.
When the Dance Director Remo got ready for the shot one of my assistants asked her to take off the bathrobe. She asked why should see if it’s Irfan’s Close up. The assistant tried to explain to her but she didn’t understand that she was in OS (Over the shoulder) shot of another camera.
Then I was called and I explained to her. She didn’t understand that in multiple camera set up the main camera can be on someone’s close but other cameras were shooting her.
I asked to take off her bathrobe and shoot in film costume which she was anyways wearing under the bathrobe. It is beyond my imagination that can anyone ever ask an actress to strip on a film set where 200 people are standing.
In fact, Suneil sir sarcastically asked if he can give the cue. What was actually a jibe in good spirit by Suneil sir is being used as if there was something wrong with our command.”
On 6 October 2018, Dutta filed an FIR at Oshiwara police station against Actor Nana Patekar, Director Rakesh Sarang, Choreographer Ganesh Acharya, and Producer Sami Siddiqui.