‘Kapde Utaar Ke Naacho’: Vivek Agnihotri Told Actress Tanushree Dutta During ‘Chocolate’ Film Shoot
Actor Irrfan Khan and Suniel Shetty stood up for Dutta.
After accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment, actress Tanushree Dutta has now spoken about the disrespectful behaviour of director Vivek Agnihotri during the shooting of film ‘Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets’ in 2005.
Tanushree alleged that Agnihotri asked her to give cues to Irrfan Khan for a scene she wasn’t even a part of. Agnihotri told Tanushree, “Kapde utaar ke naacho (Remove your clothes and dance).” The film starred Anil Kapoor, Suniel Shetty, Emraan Hashmi,among others.
Tanushree narrated the incident in an interview to DNA, “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.”
She continued, “…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!”
However, Irrfan immediately stepped in and told the director that there was no need for the actress to give him “cues”.
Suniel also stood up for the actress. Narrating the incident further, Tanushree said, “…The actor was horrified. And, because he had done some work, he could say something. He just told the director, ‘What are you talking about? I can give my closeup. Mujhe acting aati hai’. Suneil 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. Suneil scolded that guy.”
While actors like Irrfan and Suniel stand up against women harassment, so-called superstars like Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan shamefully doge questions pertaining to the matter.