Tanushree Dutta has addressed choregrapher Ganesh Acharya’s recent statement supporting Nana Patekar against her claims of sexual harassment.
Acharya, who was present on the day of the incident in 2008, defended Patekar and refuted Dutta’s story by saying that, “First of all, it’s a very old incident so I can’t really recall everything very clearly. But it was a duet song as far as I remember. Something did happen that day because the shooting was also stalled for over three hours. There was some sort of misunderstanding.”
In response, Dutta told ANI in an interview, “He’s a bloody liar and a two-faced person. He’s going to say all that. And 10 years ago, he was one of those people who were equally complacent in the harassment. He won’t admit it.”
She also clarified that her purpose of bringing this issue to light is not to personally attack Patekar, but for justice. “He’s not the end goal of this discussion. He’s the reason why this discussion started. I want the industry to ban these people from working just to set an example for others. You can’t get away with this behaviour. My fight is not with Nana Patekar or Ganesh Acharya. I don’t want them to work. I want them to suffer the consequences of their actions.”, Dutta said, adding, “These film actors technologically know how to present themselves so that they come across as saintly. But you don’t know, what they are doing behind their back. Everyone stays mum because of this ideology because this one has a name. How do we speak against this person?”
Dutta had opened up about this incident when it took place in 2008, but was immediately silenced and no investigation took place.