Tanushree Dutta v/s Rakhi Sawant: The #MeToo movement which turned into a catfight

New Delhi: Almost a year after #MeToo created ripples across Hollywood, actress Tanushree Dutta returned from the US and gave Bollywood a jolt. In September, she accused Vivek Agnihotri and Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of two different movies. While defamation complaints have been filed against Dutta, the accused have categorically denied her claims.

Tanushree alleged that Nana Patekar made her so uncomfortable on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008 that she had to walk out of the film. Rakhi Sawant was then roped in as her replacement.

How it began?

Speaking to a television channel recently, Rakhi attacked Tanushree and said that she was trying to gain publicity. “These are fake allegations on Nana Patekar ji and Ganesh Acharya,” Rakhi had said.

“Tanushree Dutta has gone mad. She was in a coma for 10 years. She has just woken up after a coma of 10 years. I don’t like saying such things about a woman. I respect women. But this Tanushree Dutta who has returned from America after 10 years is vomiting such things, because she has exhausted all the money from her bank account and has no work, has nothing and is blaming Nana Patekar ji.”

“She is talking about the past, which has nothing to do with the incident. Nothing of this sort ever happened. If something like this would have happened…have you seen my song with Nana Patekar…he did not even touch me a little,” added Rakhi.

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Tanushree slams Rakhi

In retaliation, Tanushree filed a defamation case of Rs 10 crore on Rakhi. Advocate Nitin Satpute told the channel, “We have filed a criminal and civil defamation case against Rakhi Sawant for maligning my client’s character and image.”

Dutta also slammed Rakhi Sawant for belittling her #MeToo experience on the sets of the movie.

Tanushree is a lesbian: Rakhi

In response, Rakhi went on to hold a press conference last week, in which she accused Tanushree of raping her multiple times twelve years ago. She also called her a ‘man from the inside’ and a lesbian. Rakhi also claimed that Tanushree was her best friend back then and took her to rave parties where she forced her to consume drugs.

Rakhi is uncouth, perverted, classless and dirty, says Tanushree

However, it looks like Tanushree had a lot more to say.

She issued a statement, slamming Rakhi for her comments. Tanushree said, “My parents always told me to choose my friends very carefully and I learnt to live by that advice.I simply avoid at all cost people I think are not good for me. So its disgusting when uncouth,uneducated dirty,downmarket,classless, characterless, perverted,degraded abominations like Rakhi Sawant claim to ever be friends with me.”

The actress further said, as quoted by Bollywoodlife, “The only time I interacted with her was at the international airport lounge when I was flying out of India many years ago for a stage show abroad.After ignoring her desperate advances several times before she somehow managed to catch hold of me only to try to convert me to Christianity which she was endorsing that time. She told me that I will go to hell if I don’t believe in Jejus.Of course the fanatic fool didn’t have an answer when I asked her the exact location of heaven and hell. Then Rakhi went on to trash Hinduism and murti Puja by calling it devil worship.At this point I got disgusted with her and told her to back off.I was amazed and shocked by her audacity to have spoken trash about me in 2008 during Horn Ok Pleasss incident without any provocation and yet trying to now just over a year later in 2009 not only trying to be friends with me but putting strange ideas in my head about religion.”

“I had just started learning yoga at that point of time after seeing the jesus dream/vision I often talk about in my interviews and I was an agnostic spiritual seeker. It was because of Rakhis ridiculous conversion tactic that I actually decided to read the bible to find if it’s really written anywhere that I will go to hell if I’m not a Christian. I didnt find this written anywhere but I got so put off with her and her ‘jejus’ that i decided never to step foot inside a church ever again. Years later i heard some really spiritual people and started believing again. I accepted Christ in my heart and slowly fell in love with him.I never converted religions just fell in love with God,” she added.

The actress further said, “These Rakhi Sawants of the world are the kind of people who are the reason the minorities get into trouble in our country.When they are Hindu they talk badly about other religions and when they convert they talk badly about Hinduism.But the good ones get judged by the behaviour of these so called converts.I guess Rakhi is afraid I will tell people about this incident. I had actually forgotten and didn’t bother to respond to her allegations but here: The real reason behind such ludicrous claims. A conversion attempt gone bad!”

“Calling me homosexual because I shaved my head.In both the Hindu and buddhist traditions when one gets ‘diksha’ or initiation into deep spiritual practises or yogic sadhana wherein out of devotion and surrender to God and guru one gives up their identity signified by giving up the hair. Insulting a serious Hindu tradition by calling it a homosexual practice.Shame on you Rakhi!!” Tanushree Dutta went on to say, as quoted by the website.