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Mumbai police lodges FIR against Nana, three others; starts probe

The FIR was lodged against Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, film’s producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang. Now, the police is investigating. These people will have to appear before police, and if they don’t, they will be arrested.

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Mumbai, Oct 11 : Mumbai police has lodged an FIR against actor Nana Patekar and three others on the basis of actor Tanushree Dutta’s complaint of sexual harassment on the sets of a 2008 film and begun investigations, her lawyer said on Thursday.

The FIR in the 10-year old case was lodged under Sections 353 and 503 of the Indian Penal Code on Wednesday night.

“The FIR was lodged against Nana Patekar, choreographer Ganesh Acharya, film’s producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang. Now, the police is investigating. These people will have to appear before police, and if they don’t, they will be arrested,” Tanushree’s lawyer Nitin Satpute told IANS.

Satpute said Tanushree has been provided police security at the residential building where her home is.

“Before summoning the accused, we will record the statements of other witnesses in the case on the incident in question,” a police officer said.

Satpute said that at her insistence, police on Thursday recorded Dutta’s statement in English instead of Marathi as she did not want a repeat of what happened 10 years back.

In 2008, Tanushree’s father Tapan Kumar Dutta had lodged a complaint with the Oshiwara Police but no progress was achieved.

The lawyer also submitted a 40-page statement on the alleged incident to police and Maharashtra State Women’s Commission (MSWC).

“After the incident, I was in tremendous shock, I suffered psychological trauma, was unable to take up work, suffered huge monetary losses running in crores and therefore I decided to take action through the film industry by lodging a written complaint with the Cine and TV Artistes Association. The association decided the matter and passed the order without considering my complaint for apology,” Tanushree’s police complaint said.

Besides Nana Patekar, she has also named some Maharashtra Navnirman Sena workers who allegedly tried to attack her and damaged her vehicle last week.

Tanushree first spoke about Nana’s misbehaviour in 2008. Two weeks ago she recounted her experience in the wake of the global #MeToo movement.

She said that she was sexually harassed by the actor during the shooting of a dance sequence for film “Horn Ok Pleasss” at the Filmistan Studio here. She said she was forced into silence a decade ago.

Tanushree’s renewed her allegation against Nana has sparked a #MeToo firestorm in India, with different women coming forward to share their own sexual harassment experiences at their workplaces in the film and entertainment and media industry, and even against a former Sri Lankan cricketer and one still playing the sport.

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Salma Hayek’s daughter is her ‘greatest teacher’

“I’m glad I didn’t have her earlier. I’m a better person because I got to do a lot of things that were important to me first,” she told The Telegraph in an interview.

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Los Angeles, Sep 21 : Actress Salma Hayek says her daughter Valentina came into her life as her greatest teacher and joy.

Hayek marked her daughter’s 13th birthday by sharing a photo of herself along with Valentina as a baby on Instagram.

“Valentina, I never wished for someone to exist as much as I wished for you to come into my life. Thank you for showing up thirteen years ago on a day like today, “Peace Day”, to illuminate our lives. You are my greatest teacher, my greatest joy and my greatest hope. I loved you before you were born and I’ll love you forever. Happy birthday, my shining star,” Salma wrote.

The actress had confirmed her engagement to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault as well as her pregnancy in March 2007. She gave birth to daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault in Los Angeles and got married to Francois-Henri on Valentine’s Day 2009 in Paris.

Salma was 41 when she gave birth to Valentina and doesn’t regret being an older mom.

“I’m glad I didn’t have her earlier. I’m a better person because I got to do a lot of things that were important to me first,” she told The Telegraph in an interview.

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Payal Ghosh to file police complaint against Anurag Kashyap

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Mumbai, Sep 21 : Actress Payal Ghosh, who has levelled sexual harassment allegations against Anurag Kashyap, is all set to file a police complaint against the filmmaker here on Monday.

The complaint will be registered at Oshiwara Police Station.

“I will be reaching at Payal Residence at 8.00 pm and will proceed to Oshiwara police station about 8.30 to 9.00 pm for registration of crime,” Payal Ghosh’s advocate Nitin Satpute shared in a statement.

“Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi” actress Payal Ghosh has brought #metoo allegation against Anurag Kashyap. In an interview with IANS, Payal claimed that Kashyap stripped off in front of her and tried to molest her back in 2014.

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Ram Gopal Varma: The Anurag Kashyap I know is a highly sensitive and emotional person

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Director Ram Gopal Varma has tweeted extending support to filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who currently faces sexual harassment allegations from upcoming actress Payal Ghosh.

“The @anuragkashyap72 I know is a highly sensitive and emotional person and I never saw or heard about him hurting anyone in all of the 20 years that I have known him…So I frankly can’t picture what’s happening now,” Varma tweeted on Monday.

Varma’s tweet comes at a time Kashyap has been named in #metoo allegation by “Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi” actress Payal Ghosh.

Ever since Payal levelled her charges, Kashyap has received support from several other Bollywood colleagues including filmmakers Hansal Mehta, Vasan Bala and Anubhav Sinha. His ex-wives Aarti Bajaj and Kalki Koechlin have stood by him as have actresses Taapsee Pannu, Tisca Chopra, Surveen Chawla, and Mahie Gill among others.

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