New Delhi: Actor Tanushree Dutta says she was slapped with two legal notices on Thursday – from veteran actor Nana Patekar and filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri, respectively.
In a recent TV interview, Dutta alleged Patekar misbehaved with her when the two were shooting a special song for the film Horn Ok Pleassss ten years ago – a claim she reiterated.
Following the resurgence of the controversy, in an interview to a leading daily, she accused Agnihotri of behaving inappropriately with her during the making of the 2005 film Chocolate, which he directed. The film also starred Irrfan Khan, Arshad Warsi, Sunil Shetty and Emraan Hashmi.
“This is the price you pay for speaking out against harassment, humiliation and injustice in India,” Dutta said in a statement. “Both Nana’s and Vivek Agnihotri’s teams are on a smear campaign against me by constructing outright lies and misinformation on social media platforms and other public platforms.”
The actor claimed the supporters of Patekar and Agnihotri are “weaving damning allegations” against her.
She alleged threat to her life, saying while the police personnel deployed at her house were on a lunch break, “two unnamed suspicious individuals tried getting into our home uninvited but were stopped just in time”.
“Violent threats are being issued against me by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party,” she claimed.
On the controversy, which is being touted India’s #MeToo moment, the actor said the age-old apathetic treatment of the survivors has kept the movement away from India.
Dutta, who is now based in the US, said she stands to lose this new life too if she allowed herself “to get embroiled in the court system of India”.
After the allegations resurfaced against Patekar last week, the veteran actor laughed off her claim, asking what he could do about it. The 67-year-old actor had said he would see if he could take any legal step.
Agnihotri denied allegations of “misbehaviour and/or harassment” levelled by Dutta saying the claims “have been borne with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta” against the filmmaker.
Agnihotri’s lawyer Nidhish Mehrotra said the team has sued Dutta on the charge of defamation.
The statement by Agnihotri’s lawyer further said that all the news agencies have engaged in an unethical and immoral conduct to promote sensational journalism without any diligence or proper verification and with the intent of defaming his client.
Dutta has garnered support from many Bollywood celebrities which include names such as Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Twinkle Khanna, Hansal Mehta, Richa Chadha, Anurag Kashyap and Swara Bhaskar, among others.
This thread is very telling. @janiceseq85 was there at the time of the incident being debated today. Even when #TanushreeDutta had career concerns to keep quiet 10 years ago she did not & her story hasn’t changed now. Her courage should be admired, not her intention questioned. https://t.co/Ola3MNdmtS
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 27, 2018
Please read this thread before judging or shaming #TanushreeDutta 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! https://t.co/f8Nj9YWRvE
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) September 28, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)