Tanushree Dutta is an ex Miss India Universe and former Bollywood actress and popular media personality in India and within the South east Asian community all over the world.
She has acted in 15 films in a career span of 5 years from 2005-2010.
She also performed on stage several Bollywood and Indian shows and has done celebrity appearances at several hundred events in India and across the globe at various Indian community gatherings including being a Judge at Miss India contest in subsequent years post 2004.
Tanushree has over the years endorsed several global brands and companies associating herself as a celebrity brand ambassador,advisor and consultant.
Tanushree started modeling part time during her junior college days for extra pocket money.This hobby/ passion soon turned into a lucrative and promising career after winning several beauty pageants including the Miss India Universe title in 2004.Bollywood reckoned after She returned from Miss Universe at Quito, Equador where she placed in top 10.
Initially hesitant to join Bollywood Tanushree finally relented to give the arc lights and the silver screen a try.Introverted and shy by nature Tanushree found screen acting very liberating and soon took to it like fish takes to water.Indian movies are mostly musicals hence she not only had to act but also dance in most of her movies.Several of her dance numbers have been top chartbusters and she soon came to be known as a lucky mascot of Bollywood because of her track record for being a part of Hit movies and be featured in popular songs.She is one of the few actresses who headlined most of her movie projects without a male A- list actor as is the norm in Bollywood and a prerequisite for acceptance and success; and still lured in audiences and viewers with her effortless acting performance,dancing skills and an affable,attractive personality.Along with principal roles she would also often be hired to do special dance numbers called item songs in Bollywood and lend credibility of her name and fame to promote a movie that has otherwise not been able to find distribution or viewership.
During the shoot of one such song in 2008 the lead actor,producer,director and choreographer harassed her and got her thrown out of the project.Her car was attacked in full view of public and media by goons called in by her harassers in retaliation to her protest when she tried to escape from their tyranny and leave the film set with her family .Her reputation was torn to shreds and a career destroyed for refusing to comply with unreasonable demands and erratic behaviour on set.Several of the perpetrator’s friends in the fraternity also joined in to issue threats,smear campaigns and character assassination of Tanushree. This was 11 years ago and having no one to turn to, no support from Law enforcement or from Bollywood and seeing her career suffer irreparable damage,under tremendous duress and humiliation and broken in spirit and anxiety ridden to return to movie sets in general. Tanushree chose to slowly walk away from Bollywood after releasing the remainder of her film projects in 2010.
Tanushree had a series of profound spiritual experiences starting with a vision of Jesus in 2009.Henceforth over the next 10 years she studied and experienced various different world religions like Hinduism,Buddhism,Christianity,Scientology as well as many new age and ancient healing modalities.She traveled to exotic destinations like Thailand,Africa and the Himalayas to find the secret of healing,wholeness,peace,strength and longevity and to rediscover a new purpose in life; one that cannot be snatched away by unruly coworkers. Suffering and humiliation became her springboard to launch into an unknown terrain of sprituality and self re-discovery. Psychological trauma and anguish became the manure to seeds of deep compassion that sprouted within her to help others on a similar path and journey in Life.
Tanushree was intuitively guided to move to the United states in 2016.She acquired a greencard in feb 2018 becoming a permanent resident of America.July 2018 Tanushree returned to India to spend time her family on a holiday after 2 years in the States and almost 10 years away from Bolywood.
The media and public in general were delighted to see her back however there were many misconceptions and misinformation that was spread by various people about her whereabouts.With the intentions to clear these misinformation about her life Tanushree set out to do a series of interviews with the India media.During these press Interaction the harassment incident and mob attack from 2008 came up and the public and media was reminded of it.Her interviews went viral and that was the beginning of the #metoo movement in India and thereafter millions of women from all walks of society as well as men came forward with stories of harrassment,abuse,assault and violation of any kind that they had kept silent about for years fearing repurcussion.They poured out on social media,mainstream media,out on the streets,in offices,at homes,in politics,academia,corporate,music,entertainment as well as journalism and several other fields.The Avalanche of #me too stories toppled many prominent personalities that got caught up in it including Tanushrees harassers from the 2008 film shoot incident with them being thrown out of their current movie projects.Life it seemed came a full circle.Tanushree’s lost honour and glory was restored and she was hailed with several honorary titles inferred upon her by Indian media and the people of India being the frontrunner and catalyst for the #metoo movement in India.
After almost 6 months of staying in India and fighting a vicious battle to be heard,understood and inspire a call to action against the tyranny and oppressive patriarchy,spiritual ignorance and systemic abuse of power; Tanushree returns to United states in January 2019.She wishes to take this work forward in the United States and Hopes that her journey can inspire and awaken others to the potential they have to fight the good fight in life against all odds and to come out victorious.She will also share her spiritual journey of Divine grace,surrender, hope,healing and restoration to those that need to hear it in order to go through and overcome heir darkest hours just as it was for her.