The sexual harassment allegations that Tanushree Dutta has levied against Nana Patekar has not only started India’s #MeToo movement but also made official organizations and bodies to take notice of the grievance caused. Maharashtra Commission for Women has now recognized Tanushree’s allegations against Nana, Rakesh Sarang, Ganesh Acharya, and others and has issued notices to them. It has also asked for an update of investigation on the actress’ complaint and asked her to come forward to record her statement about the issue and relate the ordeal she faced.
Tanushree has alleged that Nana had sexually harassed and intimidated her on the sets of the 2008 film Horn Ok Pleasss. In a video statement, MSCW chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar said, "We have asked them (Patekar and the three others) to present their side within 10 days. We have also asked Dutta to appear before the commission and share more information in the matter," apart from asking film producers, media houses and cine artist associations to set up an internal committee to address complaints filed by women.
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Tanushree was signed on to do a solo special song for the film but Nana insisted on featuring in the song with her and went on to harass her by making her do an extremely vulgar step. When she did not relent to his unwanted advances he tried intimidating her by calling goons of the MNS party.
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Tanushree’s allegations have been supported by senior journalist Janice Sequeira and assistant director Shyni Shetty who were the eyewitnesses to the entire fiasco. Tanushree alleges that she was so traumatized by the incident that she not only left the film but the industry as well.