Nana Patekar is at Jaisalmer shooting for Housefull 4 while his name has been dragged into a massive controversy with Tanushree Dutta. The actor has been accused of harassment by Tanushree, who walked out of an item song in Nana's film Horn 'Ok' Pleassss after the said incident took place.
While Tanushree has spoken to almost all media houses, Nana has remained silent. He made a short statement yesterday to Mirror Now saying, “What can I do about it? Tell me? How would I know? What does she mean by sexual harassment? There are 50–100 people on the sets with me. Will see what I can do legally.” Apart from this, Nana has remained silent on the whole matter. Now, he has spoken to Navbharat Times and promised to hold a press conference soon and answer all the questions poses the media.
Nana Patekar said, "अभी मैं जैसलमेर में शूटिंग कर रहा हूं। जैसे ही में 7 या 8 अक्टूबर को मुंबई लौटूंगा तो मैं एक प्रेस कॉन्फ्रेंस करूंगा। मैं कैमरे से आंखें मिलाकर हर सवाल का जवाब देना चाहता हूं। आप मुझसे इस मुद्दे पर कुछ भी पूछ सकते हैं। मुझे कुछ भी छिपाने की कोई जरूरत नहीं हैं। यह आपके ऊपर निर्भर करता है कि आप किस बात पर विश्वास करना चाहते हैं। क्या आपको लगता है कि मैं इतना घटिया आदमी हूं? क्या लोग मेरे बारे में कुछ भी नहीं जानते। मुझे इस बात की कोई जरूरत नहीं है कि लोग मेरे अच्छे व्यवहार को मान्यता दें। मैं फिल्मों में ज्यादा नाचता नहीं तो मैं किसी से कुछ भी अश्लील स्टेप रखने के लिए क्यों कहूंगा। ऐसी सिचुएशन में या तो मैं इन सब आरोपों से इनकार करके कह सकता हूं कि वह (तनुश्री) झूठ बोल रही हैं या फिर मेरी इमेज खराब करने के लिए उन्हें कोर्ट में घसीट सकता हूं। इसके अलावा मैं कर भी क्या सकता हूं? लेकिन मैं वापस आकर सारी बातें करूंगा जरूर और उम्मीद है कि लोग उससे पहले किसी नतीजे पर नहीं पहुंचेंगे। (I am currently in Jaisalmer shooting. As soon as I reach Mumbai on October 7-8, I will call for a press conference. I want to face the camera and answer all your (media) questions. You can ask me anything on this matter. I don't have anything to hide. It totally depends on you as to what you want to believe in. Do you think I that bad a person? Don't people know anything about me? It doesn't matter to me whether people give importance to my good behaviour. I don't do much dancing in my films, so why would I ask anyone to do a vulgar step with me? In such a situation I can openly deny her (Tanushree) claims and say that she is lying, or I can drag her to court for trying to disrepute me. What else can I do? But I will come back and talk about all of this and I hope people will not make any judgment before that.)"
Meanwhile, Tanushree has been getting support from the film industry a lot. From Priyanka Chopra to Twinkle Khanna and from Parineeti Chopra to Sonam Kapoor many have spoken in favour of her. The latest to speak for Tanushree is Kangana Ranaut. During an interview with Pinkvilla, Kangana applauded Tanushree's courage. Kangana said, "I am not here to pass judgement. That's neither my place nor my intention. I appreciate her courage to speak about alleged harassment that has been caused to her. It's her and the accused’s fundamental right to speak about their experience of the same situation. Such dialogue is very healthy and it will bring about a lot of awareness. Unfortunately, the way most Indian men are raised by their mothers; they even lack basic etiquettes like lifting the lid before peeing. Raja beta needs to be told the meaning of ‘NO’ as well. It's in the interest of society that the Raja betas are told what their parents fail to tell them. They must know that the fundamental human rights are the same for men and women. Trust me, it will be news to some of them. The kind of rape, harassment and teasing news reports we hear every other day, I wonder if some of these zombies out there qualify to be a human. We need to talk about it and we all must share our stories. It will also bring a sense of shame and fear in them as they will know that a girl can stand for herself at any point in time. Our life stories have no expiry date."
Tanushree, while speaking exclusively to SpotboyE.com had said yesterday that she isn't afraid this time over, and will not be silenced this time. Let's wait and watch what Nana has to say during his press conference.
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