Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri's latest release The Kashmiri Files is breaking several records at the box office. Everyone is praising the film for its heart-wrenching storyline and powerful performances. While the filmmaker is currently getting huge appreciation for making the film based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits, there were times when his name was associated with several controversies as well.View this post on Instagram
Back in 2018, former Miss India Universe and actress Tanushree Dutta had accused Vivek Agnihotri of harassment. She narrated an incident during the shooting of her 2005 film Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets.
Recalling the incident, the Aashiq Banaya Aapne actress had said that her co-star, late Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, had to give a facial expression and the director was supposed to take his close-up shot.
As quoted by an India Today report, Tanushree narrated, "I was wearing a towel on my costume and standing behind the camera. This guy (Vivek Agnihotri) wanted me to give cues to an actor (Irrfan). 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 narrated.
Irrfan, on the other hand, rushed to her rescue and told Vivek that he didn't require such cues. She revealed, "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".
Further explaining the scenario, the actress added, "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 in his close-up shot? This director tells me 'jao jaake kapde utaar ke naacho'. I was shocked!"
Appreciating Irrfan for his reaction, Tanushree shared that he was "horrified" by Agnihotri's remarks. She added, "He just told the director, 'What are you talking about? I can give my close-up. 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 aaun kya wahaan cues dene ke liye?'"
She concluded by saying that because of actors like Suniel Shetty and Irrfan Khan she didn't lose faith in Bollywood. However, she ended her acting career after the incident with Nana Patekar in 2008.
For the unversed, while shooting for a song for Horn Ok Pleassss, she had accused the actor of sexual misconduct. It turned out to be a catalyst for the Me Too movement in India.
Coming back to Vivek Agnihotri, he later reacted to Tanushree’s allegations and had stated that her claims are “false and frivolous”. In a statement, he added that the accusations are made “with an intent to attract publicity and wreak personal vendetta”.