Tanushree Dutta, in 2018, accused co-actor Nana Patekar of harassing her on the sets of the 2008 film Horn OK Pleassss. This was the beginning of the #MeToo movement in India. After a few months, she moved to the US. Now, in a powerful post on Instagram the actress announced her comeback to showbiz. She said that she lost her way due to some “very very bad human beings” and the trouble they caused.
“Some old news doing the rounds that I’m doing an IT job in LA. I was in fact training for in IT and had a fantastic IT job opportunity in the defense sector of the US Government. It was a very prestigious job opportunity as I have always had the discipline, integrity and determination of an army person so to work in this field in whatever capacity would have been an honor. But I didn’t take it as I wanted to explore my artistic career again. The defense job based out of Nevada would eventually after the Pandemic would need me to shift out of LA/ NY and I would not be permitted to leave the US for 3 years. I would also have to sign a job contract for 3 years coz such national defense related US jobs usually have very high security clearance and permissions so they cannot have people in and out of employment,” she wrote.
“Since I’m an artist at heart who just happened to lose my way away from my craft due to some very very bad human beings and the trouble they caused me, i decided to not be hasty in changing my profession and re-consider what options I have in Bollywood. I have a lot of goodwill in Bollywood and Mumbai so I came back to India and will stay here for sometime and will work on some interesting projects. I have been getting some offers from Bollywood in terms of movies and web series and the Industry seems far more interested in casting me rather than my arch- enemies.( they only announce projects but none of their projects ever see the light of day & will not),” she added.
“At present I’m in touch with 3 big South film managers who are pitching me for Big budget south Projects as well as 12 Casting offices in Mumbai. There are powerful Industry bigwigs who are giving me silent support in the background as they know the truth and are my well wishers.There are also big production houses I’m talking to for projects in lead roles. The pandemic has just made shooting dates uncertain so I’m unable to make a concrete announcement. I recently shot a commercial advertisement in the beauty space and announced that I’m back to work. I’m looking good, getting back my sass as I’ve lost 15 kgs and there is a strong buzz amongst industry folks of my imminent return to acting,” she concluded.