The Hush Post: Now actress Tanushree Dutta has levelled harassment allegations against director Vivek Agnihotri. Tanushree’s allegations came close on the heels of her sexual harassment accusations against ace actor Nana Patekar.
Tanushree Dutta has alleged that director Vivek Agnihotri misbehaved with her. Meanwhile, she has praised senior actors Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan for standing up for her, a report said.
She has levelled these accusations against filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri on the sets of his 2005 film, Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets. Tanushree recalls an incident during the shooting of that film. She said that she was commanded to strip and dance. She said that her senior actors Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan stood up for her, the report said.
Tanushree had recently accused ace actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. With this, she opened the floodgates for the “Me Too Movement” in Bollywood. Meanwhile, she admired Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan and for taking a stand in her favour.
“This guy (Vivek Agnihotri) wanted me to give cues to an actor (Irrfan Khan). It was an actor’s close-up. It was not even my shot. I was not even going to be in the shot. It was the actor’s close-up and he had to just look at something and give expressions. This director told me ‘jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho, usko cues do (go strip and dance, give (Irrfan) cues’,” Tanushree said in an interview with the DNA.
The actress says senior actors Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan supported her
The actress said that Irrfan Khan immediately put a stop to the incident on set. He (Irrfan) assured Agnihotri that he can act without her dancing in front of him. She said that Suniel was also present on set and immediately spoke up. Shetty told Agnihotri that if cues were required then he could give them, the report said.
Vivek Agnihotri has got a reputation as a strong right-wing voice on social media. He often gets into altercations online with members of the film industry, the report said.
Earlier, Tanushree had told Zoom: “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 behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it.”
Meanwhile, Nana Patekar has also broken his silence on the issue. Patekar said he was contemplating to take legal action against Tanushree.
“The entire industry saw what happened but there was not one word of condemnation from anybody. Every single person in this country remembers my incident. And this was something on national TV for three days but even today there’s a stoic silence on that. So, my question is, ‘Who is going to believe these hypocrites?’ These are the people who stand up and raise their voice against women empowerment,” she had said.