Suneil, Irrfan intervened when Vivek Agnihotri allegedly asked Tanushree Dutta to strip on set

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter Nana Patekar, Tanushree Dutta has accused filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri for harassing her on the sets of Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets. In 2005, Agnihotri made his directorial debut with film Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets.

The film, starring Irrfan Khan, Emran Hashmi, Anil Kapoor, Sunil Shetty, Arshad Warsi and Tanushree Dutta in the lead roles, was released in 2005.

“This guy (Vivek Agnihotri) wanted me to give cues to an actor. 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 to strip and give cues,” Tanushree Dutta told DNA.

This time, unlike the alleged Nana Patekar incident, everyone took Dutta’s part. “…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…. I was shocked!” she told DNA.

“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 close-up. 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 of course, there are good people in the industry. Both, Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty spoke up. Suniel scolded that guy,” revealed Tanushree Dutta.

Dutta claimed that the Indian film industry is not safe for newcomers, that’s why outsiders don’t last long. She said only star kids are safe because no one has the courage to harass them.

Few days back, Tanushreee revealed her #METoo moment in the industry. She said she was harassed by actor Nana Patekar on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008.

With respect to the incident Shruti Seth tweeted: Boom. Hope this is the beginning of the end of sexual harassment in Bollywood. I hope more women find courage to call out their perpetrators. Bravo #TanushreeDutta.

Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets released the same year Tanushree Dutta, a Top 10 finalist at the Miss Universe pageant, made her Bollywood debut in Aashiq Banaya Aapne.

This week, when 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. In her previous interview to Zoom TV, the former Miss India said that industry insiders allegedly knew about Nana Patekar’s reportedly indecent behaviour with women – and did nothing. Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth worked with 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.

Nana Patekar response has been one of defiance, telling Times Now that he is considering legal action and claiming support from the film unit present at the time. However, Twitter testimonies from a journalist and an assistant director present on set dispute his denial while supporting Tanushree Dutta’s version of events.