Veteran filmmaker Sai Paranjpye recalls Nana Patekar’s rude behavior on the sets of their film ‘Disha’
Actress Tanushree Dutta raising her voice against Nana Patekar for a sexual harassment incident that took place 10 years back on the sets of their film ‘Horn Ok Pleassss’, has led to the beginning of #MeToo movement in India especially in Bollywood. Tanushree’s courage to fight for justice and coming forward to share her story once again has given other women a hope of finding justice and outing their sexual harassers.
Now peaking about Nana Patekar’s rudeness and misbehaviour is none other than veteran filmmaker and Padma Bhushan awardee Sai Paranjpye. The filmmaker is currently busy translating her autobiography ‘Say: Maza Kalapravas’ from Marathi to English. In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Paranjpye opened up about how Nana Patekar would throw tantrums on the sets of their film ‘Disha’ (which she directed) that released in 1990.
Recalling an incident from the sets, Paranjpye told the tabloid, “At the B.R. dubbing studio, he was throwing one of his tantrums. I told him to leave and never come back. A few minutes later, he opened the studio’s door theatrically and had the nerve to say, ‘You’re saved because you’re a woman. Or else you wouldn’t still be here.’ Next morning, he called sweetly to ask about the timing of the dubbing session. I was as sweet, and the work was completed.”
Paranjpye, who has given Hindi cinema gems like ‘Sparsh’, ‘Katha’ and ‘Chasme Buddoor’, also revealed how she has given Nana a piece of her mind in her book, which she will finish translating by the end of the year. She also expressed her solidarity with every woman who has come forward to share their #MeToo stories.
Looks like Nana wasn’t able to keep his anger in check even while working with female filmmakers and that too of Sai Paranjpye’s calibre. Apart from Sai and Tanushree, even actress Dimple Kapadia had revealed in one of her old interviews that she has witnessed the dark side of Patekar.