Tanushree revealed an incident involving ‘Hate Story’ and ‘Zid’ director Vivek Agnihotri on the sets of their 2005 film ‘Chocolate’. She claims he asked her to remove her clothes and dance to give cues to co-star Irrfan Khan, who, along with another co-star Suniel Shetty, got offended by the filmmaker’s words, Dutta told to DNA news.
Tanushree Dutta, is initiating the Indian #MeToo campaign, after making headlines as she has accused veteran actor Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’ producer Sami Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang of harrassing her on the sets of the film.
Tanushree invited the media to talk further about the controversy on Thursday. While exclusively speaking to DNA about her debut film ‘Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets’ (2005), Tanushree shared a rather unpleasant incident that took place on the sets of the film.
She said, Vivek Agnihotri, the director of the movie, apparently asked her to give cues to Irrfan for a scene in which she was not even present. ‘Kapde utaar ke naacho’ (Remove your clothes and dance), is what the director told her. Tanushree was too shaken to respond but Irrfan immediately stopped the director and told him that he knows how to act and he doesn’t need someone to give him ‘cues’. Suniel Shetty also reprimanded the director.
She told, “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, he told me jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho, usko cues do.”
“…The male actor had to shoot back at the director saying, ‘I don’t need her to take off her coat and dance for me to give facial expressions. This was Irrfan Khan. I really appreciated that he actually spoke up like that because it was his close-up shot. I’m not in the frame. He had to look at me and give some expressions. Why do I have to dance in front of him for him to give expressions on his close-up shot. This director tells me ‘jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho’. I was shocked!”
“…The actor was horrified. And, because he had done some work, he could say something. He just told the director, ‘What are you talking about? I can give my closeup. Mujhe acting aati hai’. Suneil Shetty also spoke up. He was also there, he heard it and he got offended by it. He was like, ‘Main aayun kya wahaan cues dene ke liye?’ Yeah ofcourse, there are good people in the industry. Both, Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty spoke up. Suneil scolded that guy.”
Though Tanushree didn’t name Vivek Agnihotri anywhere, she did say that it is because of good people like Sunil Shetty and Irrfan Khan that she didn’t give up on acting at an early stage.
Nana Patekar has reacted to the allegations levelled against him by Tanushree and said that he will find a legal way to deal with it. The actor is currently in Jaisalmer shooting for the fourth installment of ‘Housefull’.
In her previous interview to Zoom TV, Tanushree Dutta named Nana Patekar for allegedly harassing her while filming a song sequence in 2008, she also accused him of sending goons to threaten and intimidate her. Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth worked with Mr Patekar, Tanushree Dutta said, adding that there’s “no hope for any movement to happen if big stars” do not boycott actors like Nana Patekar.