Tanushree Dutta Alleges Vivek Agnihotri Said “Kapde Utaar Ke Naacho” During Her Debut Film Shoot

Tanushree Dutta has set off a chain of landmines in Bollywood that show no indication of ending any time soon. Her coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Nana Patekar from 10 years ago has pretty much set off the #MeToo movement in Indian cinema. And though Patekar himself has denied all allegations, journalist Janice Sequeira came forward in support of Tanushree, claiming she had witnessed the incident go down.

Amid all this, Tanushree seems to be far from done as she has now revealed details of a rather unpleasant experience she faced on the sets of her debut film “Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets” in 2005.

Speaking to DNA, she revealed details about an incident involving director Vivek Agnihotri wherein he allegedly told her:

Kapde utaar ke naacho.”

Here’s how Tanushree describes the incident:

“This guy (Vivek Agnihotri) wanted me to give cues to an actor (Irrfan Khan). It was an actor’s close-up. It was not even my shot. I was not even going to be in the shot. It was the actor’s close-up and he had to just look at something and give expressions. This director, he told me jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho, usko cues do.”

 

Lucky for her, Irrfan Khan who was starring in the movie alongside her, Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty, Emraan Hashmi and others, stood up to the director.

Irrfan shot back at Agnihotri telling him that he knew how to act. Tanushree continues:

“The male actor had to shoot back at the director saying, “I don’t need her to take off her coat and dance for me to give facial expressions.” This was Irrfan Khan. I really appreciated that he actually spoke up like that because it was his close-up shot. I’m not in the frame. He had to look at me and give some expressions. Why do I have to dance in front of him for him to give expressions on his close-up shot? This director tells me ‘jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho‘. I was shocked!”

 

Tanushree adds that since Irrfan had already done work in the industry, he was able to raise his voice on that day.

She also remembers how Suniel Shetty joined in coming to her defence.

She says:

 Suniel Shetty also spoke up. He was also there, he heard it and he got offended by it. He was like, ‘Main aayun kya wahaan cues dene ke liye?’ Yeah ofcourse, there are good people in the industry. Both, Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty spoke up. Suniel scolded that guy.”

Watch the entire interview here:

This issue seems far from over. If we are to take a cue from what happened in Hollywood, every star, director, producer, casting director and what not, who have misused power for their voyeuristic pleasures better watch out.