In a recent development surrounding a viral video, veteran actor Nana Patekar has broken his silence, addressing the controversial incident where he was captured slapping a young boy attempting to take a selfie with him on the sets of his film.
Taking to social media, Nana released a video message to clarify the situation. He explained, “A video is going viral in which I have hit a boy. Though this sequence is a part of our film, we had one rehearsal… We were scheduled to have a second rehearsal.
The director told me to begin. We were about to begin when the boy in the video came in. I didn’t know who he was, I thought he was one of our crew so I slapped him as per the scene and I told him to leave.”
He went on to express that upon realizing the boy was not part of the crew, he intended to call him back, but the individual had already left. Nana asserted, “Maybe his friend shot the video. I have never said no to anybody for a photo. I don’t do this…This happened by mistake…If there is some misunderstanding, please forgive me…I will never do anything like this…”
This clarification comes amidst a wave of criticism online, with netizens labeling Nana Patekar as “rude” for his perceived actions. The actor and filmmaker’s statements aim to shed light on the context of the incident, emphasizing that it was a scripted sequence for the film rather than an instance of mistreatment towards a fan.