The police have named all four in the First Information Report (FIR) – Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang. Tanushree says the film shoot began on March 23 and Nana Patekar stayed on the sets during a song shooting even though his part was long over. The alleged harassment took place on the fourth day of the shoot on March 26, she says.
“In between the shots, there were around 100 supporting staff including junior artists, dancers and others and Nana Patekar, against my will and consent, started grabbing me by the arms and pushing me around on the pretext of teaching me how to dance, even though he is not the choreographer… he was touching (me) indecently and unnecessary in front of everybody, but nobody objected and all were complicit in this behavior by being silent spectators,” she alleges.
“I felt very uncomfortable because of his behavior mentioned above and he has outraged my modesty I felt embarrassed like this his behavior was inappropriate towards me.” Nana Patekar allegedly told the choreographer and other artists to back away so he could teach her steps.
The ex-actor says she was “getting very disturbed, distracted and uncomfortable”. After her complaint, she was assured that “everything will be fine” but she was allegedly called back to the sets and informed by the choreographer that “new steps” had been added – without her consent, knowledge and will – which were intimate and included Nana Patekar touching her inappropriately.
She says she went to her van as “they were harassing me physically and mentally” and it was difficult to bear. She called her parents and wanted to go home.
She says that some political party workers started assaulting and damaging her car while she and her family were trying to leave the venue. “All these violent people who were attacking my car had come to support Nana Patekar as they were very angry at me for refusing to do dance step with him”.
After the incident, says Tanushree, she was under tremendous shock and suffered psychological trauma, “unable to take up work and suffered huge monetary loss in crores of rupees”.
In 2008, Tanushree’s father Tapan Kumar Dutta had filed an FIR when she allegedly underwent the ordeal and her car was attacked while exiting the sets of ‘Horn Ok Pleasss’.