Actor Tanushree Dutta, whose sexual harassment revelations led to the #MeToo movement in Bollywood, is set to release a short film on sexual harassment.
The film, titled Inspiration, is said to be a collection of sexual harassment stories in Bollywood. The film is coming on International Women’s Day (March 8) and will be released online. Directed by Atul Bhalla, it features Tanushree Dutta, Ishani Sharma and Taranjeet Kaur. Dutta claims that she wrote the dialogues, inspired by her own insight and understanding on the matter.
Tanushree is to ‘play a guardian angel’ in the film
Speaking to Mid Day about the project, Tanushree said, “It deals with the issue of wilful exploitation of young newcomers in showbiz or any other field where they don’t have mentors or guidance.”
Explaining further if it will talk of a true episode, she simply said: “It is a new format where reality meets fiction.”
She shot for the film during her stay in Mumbai last year.
With regard to the case pertaining to her harassment complaint against Nana Patekar, she had earlier complained that the veteran actor had sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn OK Pleassss in 2008, sources said. Dutta had complained against Patekar, producer Samee Siddiqui, choreographer Ganesh Acharya and director Rakesh Sarang.
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The actress had commented on Zoom TV: “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.”
Talking about her ordeal at the HornOkPlease sets, she revealed that when she refused to comply with Patekar’s advances, goons were reportedly sent after her. The controversy didn’t stop there. After Dutta’s allegations about Patekar surfaced, she also claimed similar harassment by Chocolate director Vivek Agnihotri during the making of the film.
Dutta’s revelations about Patekar behaving inappropriately while filming a song sequence over a decade ago sparked off Bollywood’s #MeToo movement.
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