Truth can be two or three-sided these days. After an incident occurs, you may have several versions of the incidents appearing, all versions may either be true or might be untrue. It is just the way, stories are told.
In journalism, that moment is called Post Truth - when the truth is all out there in the open but there are a few things about the facts that we get to know later, perhaps after more research. And that’s what seems to have happened to the viral video in which Tanushree Dutta’s car is seen smashed and vandalised by a bunch of goons. But there are some shocking truths about it.
First of all, there were no two incidents of attacks on Tanushree Dutta while she was leaving the studio in her car while parents were sitting there inside. There was only one such incident in 2008 and that happened on the sets of Horn ‘OK’ Pleassss.
Secondly, Nana Patekar, the producers or any member of any political party was not associated with the attack in any manner. They didn't engineer it, neither did they instigate anybody.
The below attack, that you see, are being perpetrated by members of the media, who had a completely different version about how the events unfolded.
Let's watch the video below of the attack again. Then we will tell you how the events of the day unfolded.
This incident occurred on the same day when the members of the press were called on to the sets to cover the shoot of the item song of the film and Tanushree Dutta was the item girl. There were some members of the press present on the sets and some journalists were waiting outside.
Now, in between, there was trouble between Tanushree Dutta and Nana Patekar where Tanushree refused to shoot unless Nana was removed from the sets. She was not comfortable with the steps given to her. Neither Nana nor the choreographers budged from their stands and hence Tanushree walked off and locked herself in the vanity van.
By the time all this was happening, word had got around that there was trouble brewing on the sets and it was a news worth covering. By afternoon or evening, some channels had already started running a ticker about the trouble on the sets of the film.
A few cameramen rushed on the spot and wanted to talk to Tanushree. They were asked to wait as the producers were still negotiating with the actress to resume the shoot.
After waiting for a few hours, when Tanushree wanted to leave without giving a byte to the media, all hell broke loose.
The Quint got in touch with the guy who is seen in the video, holding the camera and deflating the tyres of Tanushree's car. He has been identified as Pawan Bharadwaj, who was then working as a news camera-man for Sahara News channel.
In his admission to The Quint, Pawan Bharadwaj says that the reason he attacked Tanushree’s car had nothing to with the controversy that was going on between her and Nana Patekar on the sets of 'Horn Ok Pleassss'.
“I was asked by the assignment desk to go for a shoot at Filmistan studio that day. I went with our reporter Tejal Mehta to do the story at Filmistan, I did not have any idea what the story was or who was involved in it. We waited for the actors to exit the shooting floor and as soon as we saw Tanushree Dutta and her father emerge, I started rolling my camera. But Tanushree’s team attacked our reporter Tejal and then her father snatched my camera from my hand and slammed it on the ground, my camera broke from the front and back,” recounts Pawan.
Pawan also alleges that Tanushree and her father then got into their car and tried to rush out of the studio compound during which the tyre of their car ran over his feet. “I almost fainted, the bystanders sprinkled water on my face and I revived myself and realised that their car had been stopped near the exit gate by a crowd. I was angry that my camera had been destroyed, I was worried about my job and so I demanded a compensation, but they did not listen to me, so I started hitting the car with my camera in my frustration,” he adds.
According to Pawan, the news channel filed a complaint with the police against Tanushree Dutta and her father for assaulting their reporter and damaging their property. However, both the parties came to an understanding the very same day and the complaint was dismissed by the police after Tanushree and TV channel officials shook hands over the matter.
Pawan says that he does not recognise the other men in the video who are seen obstructing Tanushree’s car and jumping on it.
The police have also confirmed to The Times of India that two FIRs were filed at Goregaon Police Station. One by a woman employee of Sahara Samay and the other, at Tanushree's father. However, for some strange reason, the police didn't pursue the cases and the matter was closed.
So, the matter of fact is: It was members of the media who perpetrated violence against Tanushree Dutta. It was not any political party.
The media members had many reasons about why they behaved in the manner they did. But they forgot that violence has no reason. Violence is violence. No matter what happens with you, the law of any country doesn't allow you to be violent with anybody else. Last but not the least, the man seen here on video, has not been punished by the Indian law.
So no, Nana Patekar or any political party was not involved with this incident.
Tell us, aren't you shocked?