Maharashtra State Commission for Women on Tuesday issued notices to actor Nana Patekar, producer Samee Siddiqui, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and director Rakesh Sarang taking note of a harassment complaint by Tanushree Dutta. Notices sent to those named by Tanushree has been asked to revert within 10 days with their response, said its chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar to Hindustan Times.
In this regard, seeking information on the course of action on Dutta’s complaint it had taken is what the commission has also written to Mumbai police. After claiming that Nana allegedly misbehaved with her on the sets of a film in 2008, Dutta had sought the commission’s intervention which Nana has dismissed.
In a video statement, Rahatkar said the panel has taken knowledge of Tanushree’s complaint on her alleged sexual harassment. ‘We have asked them (Patekar and the three others) to present their side within 10 days. We have also asked Dutta to appear before the commission and share more information in the matter,’ Rahatkar said.
The duo worked in a film called Horn OK Pleasss in 2008 when the incident took place.
The commission wrote to Mumbai police commissioner seeking an update about the progress made in the case after Tanushree filed a complaint with the Oshiwara police station on Saturday.
Film producers, media houses and cine artist associations have been asked by the commission to set up an internal committee to address complaints filed by women in Bollywood. ‘I have sent a letter to production houses and artists’ association to ensure that an internal complaints committee, which is mandated by law, is set up,’ she said.
Tanushree in her complaint claimed that during the shooting of a song sequence for the film Horn OK Pleassss in 2008, she was being inappropriately touched by Nana even after she had clearly mentioned that she will not enact or perform any lewd, vulgar or uncomfortable steps.
Tanushree emphasized that even after she complained to Ganesh she was forced to do intimate scenes that included Nana touching her inappropriately. Her car was vandalised by goons, which she alleged were from the Raj Thackeray-led
MNS After she decided to walk out of the film.
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