Mumbai: Two days after actress Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of being ‘sexually aggressive’ with her on the sets of a 2008 film, she has been served with a legal notice asking her to publicly apologise for her ‘slanderous and defamatory’ interview. Meanwhile, the ‘brave’ actress has gained support from several superstars of the Bollywood industry.
The actress, in an interview to a channel, said Patekar had sexually abused her while she was shooting a song for ‘Horn Ok Pleassss.’ She claimed choreographer Ganesh Acharya had changed the steps of the dance sequence at the last moment, allegedly on the insistence of Patekar, giving him access to touch her ‘inappropriately.’
The ‘allegations’ as levelled by Dutta, of course, have not gone down well with Patekar. Advocate Rajendra Shirodkar, who is representing Patekar, confirmed the news and said, “We have sent a legal notice to Dutta and asked her to publicly apologise for her allegations. We have also made her aware that her allegations are defamatory and if she does not tender an unconditional apology, then we will have to sue her.”
“If she fails to apologise, we will file a defamation suit against her. However, as of now, we have to wait for her reply. Meanwhile, support poured in for ‘brave’ Dutta. Several superstars have voiced their support for the actress on Twitter. The very first actor to step in for Dutta was Farhan Akhtar; in his tweet Akhtar has said, “Even when Tanushree Dutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago, she did not do so and her story hasn’t changed now. Her courage should be admired, rather than her intention being questioned.”
Actress Priyanka Chopra and her sister Parineeti too came out in Dutta’s support and asked netizens not to question the actress, and instead to believe her. “Agreed… The world needs to Believe Survivors,” Priyanka tweeted while Parineeti said, “I agree, too. Survivors are survivors because they have dealt with something horrible and come out on the other side. So believe them, respect them.”
Actress Twinkle Khanna appealed to people not to ‘shame’ Dutta. She said, “Please read this thread before judging or shaming Tanushree Dutta; a working environment without harassment and intimidation is a fundamental right and by speaking up this brave woman helps pave the way towards that very goal for all of us.” Though many stars of the Bollywood industry have come out in support of Dutta, the A-listers seem to be in no mood to take sides as actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan have chosen not to comment on the entire incident.