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Tanushree Dutta
Tanushree Dutta at Femina Miss India Finalists (24).jpg
Dutta in 2012
Born (1984-03-19) 19 March 1984 (age 34)[citation needed]
Jamshedpur, Bihar
(now in Jharkhand), India[1]
Occupation Model
Title Femina Miss India Universe 2004
Beauty pageant titleholder
Major
competition(s)
Femina Miss India Universe 2004
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2004
(Top 10)

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.[2][3][4]

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.[5][6] This declaration would be seen as the catalyst of the "Me Too" movement in India,[7] 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.[8]

Personal life

As of September 2018, Tanushree is a resident as well as a green card holder of the US.[9]

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.[10]

Dutta has dated Aditya Datt.[10] Ishita Dutta is her younger sister.[11]

Career

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.[12][13][12][13]

She made her Bollywood début in 2005, appearing in Chocolate and Aashiq Banaya Aapne.

Controversy

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.[14][15] 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[10], 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.[16][17]

Janice Sequeira, a journalist, backed her allegations, claiming to be an eyewitness of the incident.[18] 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.[19][20] 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.[21] The assistant director of Chocolate, Sattyajit Gazmer, also dismissed Dutta's claims.[22]

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."[23] In a video from 2008 that went viral on the internet, goons 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.[24]

A defamation case was filed against Dutta for her comments about the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.[25] She was also served with two legal notices from Patekar and Agnihotri.[25] 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.[26]

Filmography

Year Film Role Language Ref.
2005 Aashiq Banaya Aapne Sneha Hindi [citation needed]
Veerabhadra Malathi Telugu [citation needed]
Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets Simran Hindi [27]
2006 Bhagam Bhag Anjali, Special appearance in a song [citation needed]
2007 Raqeeb: Rivals in Love Sophie [citation needed]
Dhol Ritu [citation needed]
Risk Shraddha [citation needed]
Good Boy, Bad Boy Dinky [citation needed]
Speed Sanjana [citation needed]
2008 Saas Bahu Aur Sensex Nitya [citation needed]
2009 Ramaa: The Saviour Samara [citation needed]
2010 Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai Jyothi Tamil [citation needed]
Rokkk Anushka Hindi [citation needed]
Apartment Preeti [citation needed]

Awards and Nominations

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

References

  1. ^ Dubey, Bharati K. (26 September 2018). "Top actresses put up a facade of empowerment: Tanushree Dutta". www.telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ Soumyadipta Banerjee (12 February 2010). "If Kareena can do it, why not me: Tanushree Dutta". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Tanushree At The Miss Universe 2004". The Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  4. ^ Piali Banerjee (27 March 2004). "Tanushree Crowned Ponds Femina Miss India". Times of India. Retrieved 14 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Nana Patekar Has A History Of Assaulting Women: Tanushree Dutta - HeadLines Today". headlinestoday.org.
  6. ^ zoom (25 September 2018). "Tanushree Dutta opens up on her SHOCKING past ordeal & more - Exclusive Interview" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "After a Long Wait, India's #MeToo Movement Suddenly Takes Off".
  8. ^ "India's #MeToo: Some of the sexual harassment charges that have surfaced this month".
  9. ^ The Quint (2018-09-26), It Doesn't Matter When Someone Is Speaking Out: Tanushree on Nana, retrieved 2018-09-27
  10. ^ a b c Farook, Farhana (11 September 2013). "Moksha is all bullshit - Tanushree Dutta". Filmfare.
  11. ^ "She is trying to set an example: Sister Ishita Dutta on Tanushree Dutta's accusations against Nana Patekar - Bollywood news".
  12. ^ a b "Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Lost To Tanushree Dutta During Miss Universe 2004".
  13. ^ a b "Did you know Wonder Woman aka Gal Gadot lost to Tanushree Dutta in 2004?". India Today.
  14. ^ "Nana Patekar Has A History Of Assaulting Women: Tanushree Dutta - HeadLines Today". headlinestoday.org.
  15. ^ zoom (25 September 2018). "Tanushree Dutta opens up on her SHOCKING past ordeal & more - Exclusive Interview" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "CINTAA Apologises To Tanushree For Not Addressing Her Grievance, Says Can't Reopen Case Now".
  17. ^ "Tanushree sexual harassment sad but we cannot reopen case now: CINTAA". India Today.
  18. ^ "Janice Sequeira, An Eyewitness Of The Incident, Backs Up Tanushree Dutta's Harassment Allegations". Headlines Today. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Tanushree Dutta accuses Vivek Agnihotri of harassment, says Irrfan, Suniel Shetty stood up for her". https://www.hindustantimes.com/. 2018-09-28. Retrieved 2018-09-28. External link in |work= (help)
  20. ^ "Vivek Agnihotri Allegedly Asked Tanushree Dutta To Remove Clothes, Male Co-Stars Intervened". Headlines Today. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  21. ^ IANS (2018-10-04). "Vivek Agnihotri refutes Tanushree's allegations: Lawyer". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  22. ^ "'Chocolate' associate director emerges with a fresh perspective against Tanushree Dutta's claims - Times of India". The Times of India. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  23. ^ "tanushree duttas car vandalised in 2008 video goes viral on social media". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  24. ^ "Journalist who attacked Tanushree Dutta's car in viral video from 2008 defends his actions". India TV. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Legal Notices And Defamation Case For Tanushree Dutta". Headlines Today. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Tanushree Dutta files sexual harassment complaint against Nana Patekar". TOI. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  27. ^ "'Chocolate' associate director emerges with a fresh perspective against Tanushree Dutta's claims - Times of India". The Times of India. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.

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Preceded by
Nikita Anand
Miss India Universe
2004
Succeeded by
Amrita Thapar