Tanushree Dutta, whose complaint against Nana Patekar set off the #MeToo movement in India, at a police station in Mumbai. Photo: Indian Express
An FIR was registered against actor Nana Patekar and three others at Oshiwara police station following a complaint by actress Tanushree Dutta late on Wednesday night. Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, director Rakesh Sarang, producer Samee Siddiqui were booked for molestation and obscenity under the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Dutta visited the police station days after she submitted a written complaint, asking that a case of molestation and sexual harassment be filed against the alleged accused along with workers of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, who attacked her car while she was exiting the studio.
In her two page written complaint, the actress accused Patekar of inappropriate behaviour on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss at Filimistan Studios in Goregaon west in March 2008. Dutta accused Patekar of “indecently and unncessarily” touching her under the pretext of teaching her how to dance. Acharya, on the other hand, has been accused of introducing new steps into the song to include Patekar, who was initially not a part of it.
Police said the sequents of events mentioned in Dutta’s complaint will be verified and a detailed preliminary inquiry will be conducted.
Dutta also claimed to have been attacked by MNS workers who attacked her car while she was exiting the studio. An FIR was lodged at Goregaon police station but no complaint was lodged against Patekar at that time.