Tanushree Dutta (pronounced [t̪ənʊʃri]) is an Indian model and actress who primarily appears in Bollywood movies. Dutta is the recipient of Femina Miss India Universe title in 2004. During the same year at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, she was among the top ten finalists.
Dutta in 2012
|Born||citation needed]19 March 1984 [|
|Title||Femina Miss India Universe 2004|
|Beauty pageant titleholder|
|Femina Miss India Universe 2004|
Miss Universe 2004
In September, 2018, after having been out of the Bollywood spotlight for many years, Dutta gave an interview to Zoom TV in which she accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of the 2009 film Horn 'Ok' Pleassss. This declaration would be seen as the catalyst of the "Me Too" movement in India, similar to one which happened in the U.S. a year earlier with Harvey Weinstein, in which more and more women in the entertainment industry would publicly announce high-profile individuals who had sexually exploited them.
As of September 2018, Tanushree is a resident as well as a green card holder of the US.
In an interview in 2013, she said that she hit depression after being traumatized on the sets of "Horn OK" in 2008. This made her take a break and try recuperation using eastern spirituality. Initially, she stayed at an ashram for one and a half years but that did not help. Then, she went to Ladakh where she learn some Buddhist meditation related breathing techniques. These techniques eventually brought her out of depression. She was also advised Vipassana meditation. Tanushree credits this lesser known Buddhist monastery in Ladakh for bringing her life back to normal. She said that she also learnt some lessons from this experience and added "there is no enlightenment, nirvana, moksha in the ashrams... it’s all bullshit! Husbands abandoning wives, children leaving parents… this is not spirituality. You can seek spirituality by being with your family and doing your job...Someone who says he’s a guru – is he really enlightened? He hobnobs with politicians and celebrities instead. Despite a hundred self-proclaimed gurus, why do we have the maximum rapes and brutality here[India]". Finally, she converted to Christianity.
In 2003, Dutta won the Femina Miss India pageant held in Mumbai; as a result, she represented India at the Miss Universe 2004 Pageant which took place in Quito, Ecuador, where she was placed as the eight runner-up.
On 26 September 2018, after having been out of the Bollywood spotlight for many years, Dutta gave an interview to Zoom TV in which she accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of the 2009 film Horn 'Ok' Pleassss. This declaration would be seen as the catalyst of the "Me Too" movement in India, similar to one which happened in the U.S. a year earlier with Harvey Weinstein, in which more and more women in the entertainment industry would publicly announce high-profile individuals who had sexually exploited them. Dutta had first made the allegations against Patekar in 2008, filing a complaint with the Cine & TV Artists Association (CINTAA) but no action was taken as the case was considered a criminal case. The allegation was repeated in 2013 in an interview, and again largely ignored. It was not until her September 2018 statements that the CINTAA apologized to Dutta, admitting that the "chief grievance of sexual harassment wasn't even addressed[in 2008]" but added that since the case was more than three years old, they could not reopen it.
Janice Sequeira, a journalist, backed her allegations, claiming to be an eyewitness of the incident. She also alleged that filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri had told her to remove her clothes and dance with Irrfan Khan to act on the sets of Chocolate (2005). She said Khan and Sunil Shetty stood up for her during this episode. Agnihotri refuted all allegations and shared that it is an attempt to get publicity by Dutta and to malign his image in a legal notice sent to her. The assistant director of Chocolate, Sattyajit Gazmer, also dismissed Dutta's claims.
In another interview, Dutta said, "He [Patekar] called the MNS party to bash up my car. He was behind everything and was supported by choreographer Ganesh Acharya." In a video from 2008 that went viral on the internet, it was seen the journalists and not the MNS were seen thrashing Dutta's car. A journalist named Pawan Bharadwaj was seen thrashing the car's windshield with his camera, who later clarified that he attacked her car because he had a fight with Dutta's team prior to the incident.
A defamation case was filed against Dutta for her comments about the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. She was also served with two legal notices from Patekar and Agnihotri. Subsequently, on 6 October, Dutta filed an FIR at Oshiwara police station against Patekar; director of Horn 'Ok' Pleassss, Rakesh Sarang; choreographer Acharya and producer Sami Siddiqui.
On 13 October 2018, Ms Dutta's advocate Nitin Satpute submitted an application at the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai saying that actor Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang be made to undergo narco-analysis, brain mapping and lie detector tests. Tanushree Dutta leaves for New Jersey 10 January 2019.
|2005||Aashiq Banaya Aapne||Sneha||Hindi|||
|Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets||Simran||Hindi|||
|2006||Bhagam Bhag||Anjali, Special appearance in a song|||
|2007||Raqeeb: Rivals in Love||Sophie|||
|Good Boy, Bad Boy||Dinky|||
|2008||Saas Bahu Aur Sensex||Nitya|||
|2010||Ramaa: The Saviour||Samara|||
|2010||Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai||Jyothi||Tamil|||
Awards and NominationsEdit
|2006||Aashiq Banaya Aapne||Stardust Awards||Superstar of Tomorrow – Female||Nominated|
|Star Screen Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Filmfare Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|International Indian Film Academy Awards||Star Debut of the Year – Female||Nominated|
|Zee Cine Awards||Best Female Debut||Nominated|
|Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets||Nominated|
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- "CINTAA Apologises To Tanushree For Not Addressing Her Grievance, Says Can't Reopen Case Now".
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- "Journalist who attacked Tanushree Dutta's car in viral video from 2008 defends his actions". India TV. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
- "Legal Notices And Defamation Case For Tanushree Dutta". Headlines Today. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
- "Tanushree Dutta files sexual harassment complaint against Nana Patekar". TOI. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
- "Tanushree Dutta Demands Lie-Detector Test For Nana Patekar, Other Accused". NDTV.com.
- "Tanushree Dutta Demands Nana Patekar's Narco Analysis and Lie Detector Test". News18.
- "#MeToo: Tanushree Dutta demands narco, lie detector tests on Nana Patekar". The Economic Times. 14 October 2018.
- "This has been the longest and most harrowing vacation of my life: Tanushree Dutta".