Tanushree Dutta files police complaint, names Nana Patekar and Ganesh Acharya

Avinaash Pandey, New Delhi, Oct 6: Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta on Saturday filed a police complaint against Nana Patekar in connection with the 2008 movie-set incident where the actress was allegedly sexually harassed by the actor. 

Tanushree files complaint against Nana Patekar, Ganesh Acharya, produced Sameer Siddiqui, director Rakesh Sarang and MNS workersTanushree in her complaint said she files the complaint to register FIR under section 354, 354 (A), 509 and 34 of IPC against all the above people.She says she is in the film industry for the last 14 years. On 23rd March 2008 I was shooting for a song in the film Horn OK Please at filmistat 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 supervision of choreographer Ganesh Acharya. Before the shoot I had clearly said I will not enact or perform any lewd or vulgur steps. On 4th day of shoot 26th March while 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 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 choreographer.I complaint this to producer, director and choreographer, hoping they will take action. When I returned back from my Vanity Van after an hour I was told that few more steps are added in the song which are with Nana Patekar and all very intimate with him. I refused to do any such steps. I was forced to do the steps by director, producer and choreographer and all the while when it was happening, Nana Patekar stayed on the set and listening everything.

In response, Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri too had slapped Dutta with legal notices as well.

In 2008, at a press conference to address the "indecent behaviour" allegation by Tanushree, Nana had said he was highly surprised at the charges by the actress, who he said was "my daughter's age." 

News 24 Bureau