Bollywood reacts to Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment claims against Nana Patekar

Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar

Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar

Tanushree Dutta, a Bollywood actress and former Miss India, said in press interviews this week that Patekar, a veteran actor who is now 67, had harassed her on the sets of a film in 2008.

Khan said it would not be right for him to comment but "whenever something like this does happens it is really a sad thing". Dutta had made the same allegations in 2008 and Patekar had denied them at the time.

However, as reported by Hindustan Times, the actor laughed when questioned about the incident and asked, "What does she mean by sexual harassment?".

Dutta even told India Today that when on Nana's insistence, Ganesh Acharya (the choreographer on the film set) changed the dance steps to include certain inappropriate moves, he did not have the conscience to realise that he was committing a crime, "Acharya didn't even realise that he was doing something wrong in obeying Nana". She further added, "A working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this fearless woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us!"

Nana told Mirror Now: "We were on the set and there were 200 people sitting in front of us". I can see through everything he is trying to do.

For all the naysayers, Sequiera said, "The chat I had with Dutta hours after the incident was identical to the account she's come out with now".

Taking to Twitter earlier this Friday morning Twinkle Khanna actor turned author tweeted about that before judging or shaming Tanushree Dutta a working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this courageous woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of the superstars.

Although they achieved their stardom through cinema, they've become icons to crores of people across the global for taking up humanitarian causes affecting society in real life.

Salman Khan was also asked about it at an event and his reply was on similar lines.

Salman dodged the question saying he was not aware about the incident. Sharing his tweet, she said, "Agreed.the world needs to believe survivors". To be alone, questioned. She said that Nana loudly expressed his wish to do an intimate sequence with her on sets however it was supposed to be a solo sequence. I have been here and I am sure that the legal team will handle that.

In a thread she described what happened. She also added that it is up to us all to stand together and to not accuse the victims for they will fear to come forward. "Nobody has right to say anything to me", Dutta said.

She tweeted, "It hurts to be #TanushreeDutta rn. Her only fault was she did not back down - (that) takes a special courage to be Tanushree Dutta".

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