Tanushree Dutta

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Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree Dutta at Femina Miss India Finalists (24).jpg
Dutta in 2010
Born (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 37)[1][2]
Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India[3]
Years active2005–2010
TitleFemina Miss India Universe 2004
Beauty pageant titleholder
Femina Miss India Universe 2004
Miss Universe 2004
(Top 10)

Tanushree Dutta (pronounced [t̪ənʊʃri]) is an Indian former model and actress who primarily appears in Bollywood movies. Dutta was the recipient of the Femina Miss India Universe title in 2004 at age 20. During the same year at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, she was among the top ten finalists.[4][5][6]

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.[7][8] This declaration was seen as the catalyst for the "Me Too" movement in India,[9] 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,[10] though Women in Cinema Collective predates both of these.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Tanushree was born in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India. As of September 2018, Tanushree is a resident as well as a green card holder of the US.[12]

Dutta has dated Aditya Datt.[13] Ishita Dutta Sheth is her younger sister.[14]

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. Then, she went to Ladakh where she learned 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 learned some lessons from this experience.[13]


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 sixth runner-up.[15][16]

She made her debut in Kollywood in Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai. She made her Bollywood début in 2005, appearing in Chocolate and Aashiq Banaya Aapne. In 2006 she also appeared in the song "Jab Kabhi" in 36 China Town.

Me Too Movement[edit]

On 26 September 2018, 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.[17][8] This declaration was seen as the catalyst for the "Me Too" movement in India, similar to the one that 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,[13] 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.[18][19]

Janice Sequeira, a journalist, backed her allegations, claiming to be an eyewitness of the incident.[20] 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.[21][22] 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.[23] The assistant director of Chocolate, Sattyajit Gazmer, also dismissed Dutta's claims.[24]

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."[25] 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.[26]

Mahrashtra Navnirman Sena filed a defamation case against Dutta.[27] She was also served with two legal notices from Patekar and Agnihotri.[27] 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.[28]

On 13 October 2018, 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.[29][30][31]

In June 2019, Patekar was cleared of the sexual harassment charges by the police. The B-Summary report filed by the Oshiwara police station in Mumbai said that the complaint filed by Tanushree could be "malicious" and "out of revenge".[32][33]


Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2005 Aashiq Banaya Aapne Sneha Aditya Datt Hindi [34]
Veerabhadra Malathi A. S. Ravi Kumar Chowdary Telugu [35]
Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets Simran Vivek Agnihotri Hindi [24]
2006 Bhagam Bhag Anjali Priyadarshan Special appearance in the song Signal [36]
36 China Town Herself Abbas-Mustan Special appearance in the song Jab Kabhi
2007 Raqeeb: Rivals in Love Sophie Anurag Singh [37]
Dhol Ritu Priyadarshan [38]
Risk Shraddha Vishram Sawant [39][40]
Good Boy, Bad Boy Dinky Ashwini Chaudhary [41]
Speed Sanjana Vikram Bhatt [42]
2008 Saas Bahu Aur Sensex Nitya Shona Urvashi [43]
2010 Ramaa: The Saviour Samara Hadi Ali Abrar [44]
Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Jyothi Thiru Tamil [45]
Rokkk Anushka Rajesh Ranshinge Hindi [46]
Apartment Preeti Jag Mundhra [47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
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


  1. ^ "On her birthday, a look at how Tanushree Dutta lost 18 kgs in 18 Months". Indian Express. 19 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Tanushree Dutta calls herself a 'carb starved monster' on her 37th birthday". Republic TV. 19 March 2021.
  3. ^ Dubey, Bharati K. (26 September 2018). "Top actresses put up a facade of empowerment: Tanushree Dutta". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ Soumyadipta Banerjee (12 February 2010). "If Kareena can do it, why not me: Tanushree Dutta". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Tanushree At The Miss Universe 2004". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  6. ^ Piali Banerjee (27 March 2004). "Tanushree Crowned Ponds Femina Miss India". Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
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  14. ^ "She is trying to set an example: Sister Ishita Dutta on Tanushree Dutta's accusations against Nana Patekar - Bollywood news".
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  16. ^ "Did you know Wonder Woman aka Gal Gadot lost to Tanushree Dutta in 2004?". India Today.
  17. ^ https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/tanushree-dutta-claims-nana-patekar-sexually-harassed-her-says-everyone-knew-but-did-nothing/story-zbe80PiJjCvbs2wStuj8dL.html
  18. ^ "CINTAA Apologises To Tanushree For Not Addressing Her Grievance, Says Can't Reopen Case Now".
  19. ^ "Tanushree sexual harassment sad but we cannot reopen case now: CINTAA". India Today.
  20. ^ "Janice Sequeira, An Eyewitness Of The Incident, Backs Up Tanushree Dutta's Harassment Allegations". Headlines Today. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Tanushree Dutta accuses Vivek Agnihotri of harassment, says Irrfan, Suniel Shetty stood up for her". Hindustan Times. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri Allegedly Asked Tanushree Dutta To Remove Clothes, Male Co-Stars Intervened". Headlines Today. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  23. ^ IANS (4 October 2018). "Vivek Agnihotri refutes Tanushree's allegations: Lawyer". Business Standard India. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
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  27. ^ a b "Legal Notices And Defamation Case For Tanushree Dutta". Headlines Today. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
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  29. ^ "Tanushree Dutta Demands Lie-Detector Test For Nana Patekar, Other Accused". NDTV.com.
  30. ^ "Tanushree Dutta Demands Nana Patekar's Narco Analysis and Lie Detector Test". News18.
  31. ^ "#MeToo: Tanushree Dutta demands narco, lie detector tests on Nana Patekar". The Economic Times. 14 October 2018.
  32. ^ "Bollywood actor Nana Patekar cleared of sexual harassment charges". 14 June 2019.
  33. ^ "Tanushree Dutta's complaint against Nana Patekar looks malicious and fake: Oshiwara police in report". 14 June 2019.
  34. ^ "Aashiq Banaya Aapne actor Tanushree Dutta returns to India, fans enquire about her comeback". The Indian Express. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  35. ^ "VEERABHADRA". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  36. ^ "BHAGAM BHAG". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  37. ^ "RAQEEB - RIVALS IN LOVE". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  38. ^ "I loved working in Dhol: Tanushree". The Times of India. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  39. ^ "Risk is worth a watch". Rediff.com. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  40. ^ "Tanushree Dutta's 'hitch-key' in RISK". Glamsham. 1 January 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  41. ^ "Good Boy Bad Boy is painful". Rediff.com. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  42. ^ "SPEED". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  43. ^ "Saas Bahu Aur Madness!". Rediff.com. 19 September 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  44. ^ "Tanushree Dutta on the Sets of Ramaa - The Saviour". PINKVILLA. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  45. ^ "THEERADHA VILAIYATTU PILLAI". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  46. ^ "ROKKK". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  47. ^ "Tanushree promotes Apartment". Rediff.com. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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Preceded by
Miss India Universe
Succeeded by