Vivek Agnihotri asked me to strip and dance, alleges Tanushree Dutta


After sexual harassment allegation against Nana Patekar, Tanushree Dutta now raised her finger against filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri. The actress alleged that Vivek Agnihotri misbehaved with her on the set but Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty stood up for her.

Tanushree recalled an incident from the set of 2005 film, ‘Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets’ in which she was asked to strip and dance by the filmmaker to give cues to Irrfan Khan but Irrfan and Suniel Shetty took a stand for her.

In an interview to DNA, she said, “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 (go strip and dance, give (Irrfan) cues’.”

Tanushree added that Irrfan stopped Agnihotri from doing so and said that he could enact the scene without her dancing in front of him. She said that Suniel, who was also present on set spoke up for her and told Vivek Agnihotri that if cues were requited he could give them.

In an interview, Tanushree said how Nana Patekar was disrespectful towards her, “Everyone knows about Nana Patekar that he has always been disrespectful towards women. People in the industry know about his background... that he has beaten actresses, he has molested them, his behaviour with women has always been crude but no publication has printed anything about it.”

Following the serious allegations, Nana Patekar said that he could take legal action against the actress for defaming him.

“The entire industry saw what happened but there was not one word of condemnation from anybody. Every single person in this country remembers my incident and this was something on national TV for three days but even today there’s a stoic silence on that. So, my question is, ‘Who is going to believe these hypocrites?’ These are the people who stand up and raise their voice against women empowerment,” Tanushree had said.