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Bollywood’s #MeToo: Sajid Khan Steps Down as Housefull 4 Director


Luv Ranjan Asked Me to Strip Down to My Bra & Panties: Unnamed Actor

While speaking to Mid-Day, the anonymous actor disclosed her unpleasant experience during the auditioning of Pyaar Ka Punchnaama in 2010. She said that the dress code was a short skirt and a tight top, which was fairly common, and wasn’t a problem with her.

She added, “ I was at Kumar Mangat’s office and Abhishek Pathak, his son, was the producer….Luv Ranjan said there was a kissing scene and bikini scene in the movie and asked if I was fine with that, to which I said yes. He said he wanted to see what I’d look like in a bikini. Later in life, when I gave another audition for a movie, there was a female stylist who gave me a bikini to do a look test in the presence of lots of people. Luv asked me to strip down to my bra and panties. He said he wanted to see my body so he could check if I needed to lose weight. He said they were not recording anything and the cinematographer would also leave the room, so I needn’t worry. After that, it all gets blurry. My heart was pounding and I rushed out saying I had to leave and wasn’t comfortable with it. I went home and tried to forget about it.”

Sajid Khan Steps Down as ‘Housefull 4’ Director

Following accusations of sexual assault and harassment by various women, filmmaker Sajid Khan has said that he is stepping down from his directorial post on Housefull 4. Read Sajid’s statement below:

I’ve Requested Producers To Cancel the ‘Housefull 4’ Shoot: Akshay Kumar

A source close to the production house has informed Hindustan Times that Akshay cancelled the October 12 (Friday) shoot of Housefull 4 in Mumbai following allegations of sexual harassment against the film’s director, Sajid Khan.

“Akshay is known to be a disciplinarian and has never cancelled a shoot in his 28-year career. This is the first time that he has decided to cancel a shoot, perhaps because the #Metoo movement just cannot be ignored. The allegations made against Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar are both serious and grave in nature,” the source told Hindustan Times.

Twinkle took to Twitter exhorting the ‘Housefull’ squad to take a firm stance.

‘Ungli’ Actor Rachel White Claims Sajid Khan Promised a Role If She Would Seduce Him

After model-actor Saloni Chopra accused director Sajid Khan of sexual harassment in a long post on Medium, actor Rachel White shared her own harrowing experience with him. In a series of responses to Chopra’s tweets, White described how Khan invited her to his house on the pretext of discussing a role for an upcoming film. When the actor expressed her initial discomfort at having to meet in his home, Khan assured her they would not be alone as his mother would also be there. When White arrived, she was directed to Khan’s bedroom.

She goes on to describe how Khan’s gaze made her extremely uncomfortable. He then proceeded to initiate a conversation about her breasts, to which White says she did not respond.

According to White, Khan claimed that “no one has a problem with these things” and that the role was hers if she could “seduce him in five minutes”.

Khan has also been accused of sexual misconduct by a journalist.

Read more here.

Actor Himani Shivpuri Confirms Alok Nath’s Inappropriate Behaviour

Actor Himani Shivpuri is the latest to speak up about Alok Nath, claiming that he appeared to have an alter-ego that was fuelled by alcohol. In an interview to PTI, she recounted an incident of this behaviour, which she experienced firsthand while the former co-stars were on the same flight.

While we were in Dubai once for [the] ITA awards, he had consumed liquor and his wife was worried and was disturbed with his behaviour as he was drunk. He was also once caught peeing in open and was deplaned from a flight as he had misbehaved on the flight. Media it seems was ill-informed about his image. Everybody knows what kind of a person he is. Some things are open secret in the industry.
Himani Shivpuri, Actor

Shivpuri worked with Nath on films like Hum Saath Saath Hai, Pardes, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and TV shows like Ghar Ek Sapnaa.

Read more here.

Piyush Mishra Accused of Inappropriate Behaviour

A former newspaper staffer Thursday accused Piyush Mishra of inappropriate behaviour during a party but the writer-director said he was probably a “few drinks down” and apologises if he made the “lady uncomfortable”.

Ketki Joshi said in a Facebook post that she met Mishra as a fan at a party where he was the main guest in 2014. He “started light flirting in front of the 20-25 people” and kept drinking throughout the party, getting progressively inebriated.

“I do not remember the stated incident as I was probably a few drinks down. But nevertheless I would like to extend my apology for making the lady uncomfortable either with my words or actions,” Mishra told PTI.

Anti-Harassment Committee Set Up by Screenwriters Association

Following in the footsteps of the Producer’s Guild, the Screenwriters Association (SWA) set up a special committee to address harassment at the workplace within the film industry, helmed by chaired by filmmaker Ketki Pandit. The likes of screenwriters Atika Chohan, Bikas Ranjan Mishra, Ishita Moitra, Jyoti Kapoor and filmmaker Sridhar Rangayan have also joined the committe.

Pandit told Mumbai Mirror that they are considering a gender-neutral policy where they will also look into harassment against men, women and the LGBTQ community.

Diana Penty on India’s #MeToo Movement

Diana Penty has come out in support of women who are speaking about their sexual harassment experiences, saying she is proud of today’s women as it takes immense courage to talk about such issues.

“I am proud that the #MeToo movement has kick-started. It is commendable that women are coming out and bringing light to the issues which they went through in the past. It takes a lot of courage,” the Happy Bhag Jayegi actor told IANS at the ongoing Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week.

Sharing her own experience of sexual harassment, Diana said: “I used to go to school and college via train, so there were so many instances happened with me, which I don’t even have a count on now. At some stage in life, we all have gone through some kind of harassment — be it at a work place or somewhere else, we all have dealt with such fear in our life. “

Female Journalist Accuses Sajid Khan of Sexual Assault

Karishma Upadhyay, a journalist who writes for Firstpost among others, has shared an alleged incident of director Sajid Khan sexually assaulting her. Sajid allegedly exposed himself to Karishma during an interview, forcibly kissed her and did not allow her to leave.

Read the story here.

Director Soumik Sen Accused of Sexual Harassment

Soumik Sen, director of the Madhuri Dixit-Juhi Chawla starer Gulaab Gang, has been named in an anonymous post for sexually harassing a female actor. Chinmayi Sripaada, popular singer in the South Indian industry who has been sharing hers as well as other women’s #MeToo stories on Twitter, has shared this one as well.

The post details an incident when the actor met with Soumik at his home to discuss a role. He allegedly proceeded to ask her inappropriate questions, showed her porn, asked her to masturbate before reading the script and demanded sexual favours for the role.

Renuka Shahane Shares Her #MeToo Story

Renuka Shahane, who is a strong supporter of women’s rights and had also spoken in support of Tanushree Dutta, has said to Pinkvilla that she was aware of Alok Nath’s reputation. Nath has been accused by writer-producer Vinta Nanda of rape. Renuka has also shared her own horror story.

“I will confess and there is no person that I could blame. I had gone to shoot to Noida for Antakshari, a new studio of Zee had come out there so we had gone there to shoot outdoors and I had done many outdoors so I was used to being alone in the room. There was this person who came for room service and he started masturbating in front of me. First, he said that he is a big fan of mine and all that and I said thank you. After placing the food, he started masturbating. It is such a horrifying thing and I immediately told him to get out and will complaint with the manager. Post this, I called my Antakshari assistant Ashwini to come up to the room and stay with me. I was so shaken to the core. Ever since after that I am never alone in my room. I am always with my hairdresser. People feel that only in industry such incidence happen but there are so many random people whom you have to deal with.”
Renuka Shahane, Actor

Read the story here.

Saloni Chopra Accuses Sajid Khan, Zain Durrani and Vikas Bahl of Sexual Harassment

Model-actor Saloni Chopra has accused Sajid Khan, Zain Durrani and Vikas Bahl of sexual harassment, abuse and blatant sexism respectively. In a long post on Medium, she describes her experiences in detail with them.

Filmmaker Onir has tweeted in her support:

Subhash Ghai Accused of Drugging and Sexual Assault

In an anonymous account shared on Twitter, a woman has detailed an incident of being drugged and raped by filmmaker Subhash Ghai. Writer Mahima Kukreja, who was one of the first women to accuse comedian Utsav Chakraborty of sexual harassment last week and has since used her Twitter to share other women’s #MeToo stories, shared the account.

Mahima has noted the woman in question is a “very credible media/lit personality.” The woman mentions that she doesn’t want to be named because she doesn’t want it to affect her family. In the messages adressed to Mahima, the woman describes working with Subhash Ghai on a film years ago. After showing unwanted interest in the woman, Subhash allegedly offered her a spiked drink while dropping her home in his car. The woman remembers being taken to a hotel room and assaulted before losing consciousness.

Read the story here.

Society must listen to victims: Sushmita Sen on #MeToo

The #MeToo movement will work only if people listen to the victims, says actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen.

Sushmita, who is known for raising her voice for social issues, told IANS here: “Though the (#MeToo) movement is copied from the West, it doesn’t mean we will overlook it. It feels great that women are coming out and speaking about the harassment, reports IANS.

“As a part of society, people should listen to their stories and not judge them. Instead of ignoring them, we should encourage them. This movement will work only if we start listening to the victims. “

The 42-year-old was in the capital to walk the ramp as a showstopper for designers Bhumika and Jyoti at the Lotus Make-Up India Fashion Week on Thursday.

Women Don’t Go to Work to Be Harassed: Smriti Irani on #MeToo

Union minister Smriti Irani has lent her opinion on #MeToo saying, “Women don’t go to work to be harassed. They go to work to live their dreams & earn a respectable living. I am hopeful that all these ladies who are speaking out get the justice that they deserve.” — as reported by ANI.

Anil Kapoor Expresses Wholehearted Support for #MeToo Movement

Referring to the ongoing #MeToo movement, actor Anil Kapoor has commented that, “what is happening is fantastic”. “I have three women in my house & they’re fiercely independent. I’m a listener & I think world (sic) should also be a listener & listen to whatever they have to say. For me, girls are superior in every aspect & I have said that always,” he said, as reported by ANI.

Gulzar on #Metoo: “Cinema Is a Reflection of the Society”

Veteran writer and filmmaker, Gulzar, offered his comments on the ongoing #MeToo movement at an event in Mumbai, in the wake of the claims by actor Tanushree Dutta against her former co-star Nana Patekar.

According to a report by IANS, he said, “Cinema is reflection of the society. If we say harassment of a women or a girl is happening only in cinema, then I don’t think so. It has spread all over the society. Cinema has yet spared you where sexual harassment cases are still occurring with 4-year-old girl and a 8-year-old girl and thank God that cinema hasn’t put that mirror in front of people. But beware, cinema has started reflecting every part of your life.”

Big B Addresses Sexual Harassment at the Workplace

On his birthday, Amitabh Bachchan addresses the elephant in the room, though generically.

“No woman should ever be subjected to any kind of misbehaviour, or disorderly conduct; especially at her work place. Such acts should immediately be brought to the notice of concerned authorities, and corrective measures be taken, either through filing complaints or a recourse to law. Discipline and civic, social and moral curriculums, should be adopted at a very early educational level. Women children and the weaker sections of our society are the most vulnerable. They need to be under special protective care. It has been most heartening to see women representations in most work vocations, on the increase in our country. It would be an unrepairable blemish if we are not able to provide them the welcome they deserve and the dignity of the security of their presence,” he wrote.

Bollywood Veteran Asrani Terms the #MeToo Movement as “Rubbish”

Deepika Amin Accuses Alok Nath of Sexual Misconduct

After Vinta Nanda and Sandhya Mridul, Deepika Amin and anonymous crew member accused Alok Nath of harassment, Deepika Amin took to Twitter to tell her #MeToo story.

“But recently on the shoot of Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety he was quiet and subdued. Maybe he has changed? Maybe because the director Luv Ranjan made it clear he wouldn’t tolerate bad behaviour. But after reading Vinta Nanda’s heartbreaking account I felt I had to support her. BELIEVE WOMEN. They have everything to lose by speaking out. #IbelieveyouVintaNanda #metoo #Timesup,” she added on Facebook.

Sneha Rajani, Ekta Kapoor in Committee to Tackle Sexual Harassment Issues

The Producers Guild of India has appointed Sneha Rajani, Head, Sony Pictures Networks Productions, to lead a committee to address the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace within the film industry.

“The Producers Guild of India is committed to work towards making workplaces in the industry safe spaces for everyone. In this regard, a special committee has been instituted within the Guild to address the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace within our industry,” read a statement issued on Wednesday.

The committee also includes industry experts Apoorva Mehta, Ekta Kapoor, Fazila Allana, Jyoti Deshpande, Kiran Rao, Kulmeet Makkar, Madhu Bhojwani, Priti Shahani, Rohan Sippy, Siddharth Roy Kapur and Vijay Singh.

Aamir Khan Drops ‘Mogul’ with Subhash Kapoor

In a joint statement on social media, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao have lent support to the #MeToo movement currently sweeping over Bollywood. They said that their production house has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment. Hence, they are stepping away from a film in which someone involved has been accused of sexual harassment.

The person being referred to here is Subhash Kapoor, who was to direct Mogul, a biopic on the life of late music baron Gulshan Kumar. The film was to be co-produced by T-series and Aamir Khan Productions.

“We do not want our action to reflect in any manner on the people involved in this case. We believe this is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change,” they added.

Sona Mohapatra Also Names Anu Malik as a Serial Harasser

Sona Mohapatra in an Instagram post also named Anu Malik as a serial harasser without sharing any particular incident.

Anu Malik denied all allegations to News18, saying: “She’s meaning some case that had happened long time back. It has nothing to do with me. I have never worked with her also. So, I don’t want to comment anything on it. She’s just dragging my name into this. I have not even met her.”

Sona then took to Twitter again to talk about how Malik allegedly called her at odd hours and how he allegedly harassed singer Suman Sridhar to the extent that she left the country: “”Really Anu’ji? Never met me? Called me at strange hours? What about Suman Shridhar? Didn’t harass her endlessly? She had to leave the country.”

IFTDA Supports #MeToo Movement

IFTDA to issue a notice to actor Alok Nath who has allegedly sexually harassed TV producer Vinta Nanda.

The entire federation supports the #MeToo movement. We have already drafted a notice which is to be issued to Alok Nath because Vinta Nanda (victim) is also very respectable member of IFTDA.
Ashok Pandit, President of Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA)

Raghu Dixit Accused of Sexual Harassment; Apologises on Twitter

Singer Raghu Dixit has been accused of sexual harassment by two women on Twitter.

Raghu gave a detailed response apologising for his behaviour.

YRF Talent Head Ashish Patil Accused of Sexual Exploitation; Denies Allegations

A survivor shares a chilling account of alleged sexual exploitation at the hands of the Talent and Business Head at Yash Raj Films, Ashish Patil. She described an ordeal where Patil approached her for a role and allegedly “tried his moves and eventually got his way”. The screenshots of her anonymous account were shared by a Twitter user.

Ashish Patil has responded to the allegations on social media, denying the allegations and urging the woman to “step forward and produce all facts”.

Amyra Dastur Claims to Have Faced Harassment in Bollywood and South Indian cinema

With actor Tanushree Dutta opening the floodgates for the #MeToo movement in India, leading to several celebrated names coming out to speak about their unsavoury experiences, actress Amyra Dastur says she has been a victim of “harassment” at the hands of “men and women” herself. However, she says she doesn’t have the guts to name and shame them.

Amyra made her acting debut in Bollywood with Issaq in 2013 and was later seen in Hindi films like Mr. X, Kaalakaandi and Kung Fu Yoga, which was also dubbed in Mandarin and English. The 25-year-old actress has also featured in Tamil and Telugu movies like Anegan, Manasuku Nachindi and Raja Gadu.

Asked if she had faced the casting couch or harassment in her journey, Amyra told IANS in an e-mail interaction: “To be honest, I haven’t faced casting couch in the south or Bollywood. But yes, I have faced my share of harassment in both industries. I don’t have the guts to name them because they are powerful people – men and women who made sure I felt helpless.” She says one day she will “definitely call them out on it”.

“But until I don’t feel safe and secure, I won’t point fingers. They know exactly who they are and what they have done. What I will say for now is that they better stop their discriminating ways because there’s definitely a wave of change coming and their status won’t be enough to protect them from Karma,” she added.

Citing an incident, Amyra said: “I have had an actor squeeze himself up against me during a shot in a song and whisper in my ear that he was so glad that I was in the film with him. When I threw him off me and refused to speak to him again, he made my experience miserable.

“My director told me to suck it up and honestly couldn’t care less. I was constantly called early to set, made to wait for hours and hours for my shot. I was made to shoot 18 hours a day, I slept for 4-5 hours if I was lucky.”

The actress, who started her career at the age of 16 as a model, says ultimately she was made to apologise to the actor. “To top it all, I was made to apologise to the actor for my difficult behaviour (as I kept ignoring him) by the producer,” she said.

Amyra says that on another film set, the director would yell and scream at her every single day of the shoot. “Sometimes he would call me early to set, make me wait all day in my vanity van and then send an assistant director after 12-13 hours to tell me I wasn’t going to shoot. He told me I should be ‘grateful’ that he even took me for this film.”

Everyone in the Industry Knew About Vikas Bahl: Imran Khan

Actor Imran Khan spoke about the #MeToo movement gaining momentum in Bollywood.

“I think it was long long long overdue. There have been times when I wanted to speak out. I was advised to stay quiet because they said people will assume I am trying to grab publicity. They (people) will say I am trying to become relevant and come in the news since my films have not worked well. Time and again, people around me will tell me to not speak up,” Imran said to The Indian Express.

He also spoke about how Vikas Bahl’s behaviour was brushed under the carpet by the industry collectively.

The Vikas Bahl matter was brushed under the carpet, a few weeks after the news first appeared. I saw him smiling, posing for pictures with every celebrity in the industry. At that point, he started making a film with Hrithik (Roshan). I was like how is it in Hollywood a culprit is shunned but here he was making a proper film. Everyone was socialising with him. So, I brought it up at the party and realised only I was only odd one there.
Imran Khan

#MeToo: “Rajat Kapoor Tried to Kiss Me Repeatedly, I Was 20”

A Twitter user shared a post recently where several women have accused the actor and director Rajat Kapoor of sexual misconduct. A girl gave an account where Rajat Kapoor tried to kiss her repeatedly and called her a “little bitch”. Read more here.

Sandhya Mridul Describes An Ordeal Where Alok Nath Tried To Force Himself On Her

Sandhya Mridul took to Twitter to stand in solidarity with TV producer Vinta Nanda’s account where she has alleged Alok Nath raped her. She also gave a detailed account where Alok tried to force himself on her during an outdoor shoot at the beginning of her career.

Sona Mohapatra Lashes out at Kailash Kher

Singer Sona Mohapatra spoke about an incident where Kailash Kher made a lewd remark. “It’s a disease that he has & I can vouch for not only these two women’s stories but hundreds more he would’ve have preyed on,” she wrote on Twitter.

“The fact that Kailash had sung in my studios & for many projects in which I was the producer & knew me to be as strong as i am or that he had only recently taken a favour from my partner Ram Sampath to create a personal track for him didn’t stop him. The hubris of such men. That did not deter Kailash Kher though.

On landing in Dhaka and on my way to the venue with the organisers, keeps calling me and when I don’t pick up, calls the organisers phone to get through to me & asks me to ‘skip’ the sound check & join him in his room instead to ‘catch up’.
Sona Mohapatra on Twitter

Sona Mohapatra described another incident where he put his hand on her thigh.

Anurag Kashyap Steps Down as MAMI Board Member

In a series of tweets, Anurag Kashyap gave his reasons for stepping down as MAMI board member “until the shadow of doubt of our alleged complicitness (sic) in silence and not doing anything about it, is cleared”.

Alok Nath Stripped In Front Of Me And Manhandled Me, Says Survivor

Another allegation against Alok Nath emerges, after a crew member on the sets of Hum Saath Saath Hain accused the veteran actor of “stripping in front of her and manhandling her”. The survivor anonymously spoke to Mid-day about the ordeal,

We were shooting for a night scene and I had taken a change of costumes to him. Once I handed him the clothes, he started stripping in front of me. I was taken aback, and tried to make my way out of the room as soon as possible. When I tried to run out, he grabbed my hand and manhandled me. I remember yanking my hand out of his grip and rushing out of the room.

The survivor says she did not speak against him because she feared they wouldn’t believe her. “I was shell-shocked; I couldn’t muster the courage to speak up against him. He was extremely close to the Barjatyas, and Sooraj sir would have taken it badly,” she tells Mid-day.

Even though she buried the episode that happened so long ago, Vinta Nanda’s brave post made her want to describe the ordeal. “I don’t actively do movies anymore. The course of my career changed [after this episode]. But Vinta’s post brought it all back,” she said.

Aishwarya Rai and Designer Sabyasachi Mukherji Comment on #MeToo

At a recent event, actor Aishwarya Rai and fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherji were asked how they felt about the rising #MeToo movement in India.

The world has gotten smaller with social media, one voice is becoming larger. What is nice to see is that the members of the media are propelling voices that need to be heard and giving them the platform. The law of the land will take over for justice to be served. It wouldn’t be right to specifically comment on individual cases. Having said that, God bless and strength to the voices that need that kind of support.
Aishwarya Rai
A lot of people get away with lot of things because people will not talk about it. The Internet has given us the platform to go out there but you have to hear both the sides of the story. It is a much better time for the #MeToo movement to happen as information has become democratic. With or without the internet, good will always survive over evil and it will always happen. The universe has its own laws and so it is going to happen. It is just a matter of time.
Sabyasachi Mukherji

Sapna Bhavnani Accuses Filmmaker of Molestation

Bollywood hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani has accused filmmaker Surendra Hiwarale of molesting her at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Read her post below.

IFTDA Issues Show Cause Notice to Vikas Bahl

Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association has issued a show-cause notice to Director Vikas Bahl seeking his response to the sexual harassment allegations against him. If he fails to respond in a week’s time , his membership of IFTDA will be terminated.

IFTDA president spoke to the press on the matter.

Vikas Bahl Kicked Out From Ranveer Singh’s ’83’

Queen director, Vikas Bahl has been outed from Ranveer Singh’s 83, following sexual misconduct allegations against him by multiple women.

CINTAA to Send Alok Nath Notice After Vinta Nanda Levels Rape Allegations

The General Secretary of the Cine and TV Artists’ Association (CINTAA), Sushant Singh, has said that a notice would be sent to Alok Nath for his expulsion from the association on account of Vinta Nanda’s allegations against him.

‘Stree’ Actor Flora Saini Shares Experience of Being Assaulted by Producer

Stree actor Flora Saini has shared on social media how she has been repeatedly assaulted by producer Gaurang Doshi. She shared on social media how she was in an abusive relationship with him and how he threatened to ruin her career if she ever spoke up.

Vikas Bahl Accused of Sexual Harassment By Several Women

After Kangana Ranaut accused Queen director Vikas Bahl of sexual misconduct on the sets of the film, another female actor anonymously told Miss Malini that Bahl had once tried to forcibly kiss her.

A former Phantom Films employee’s allegations of sexual assault against Bahl, one of the co-founders were reportedly one of the reasons of the downfall of the company.

Queen actor Nayani Dixit, who played Kangana’s friend in the film also accused director Vikas Bahl of inappropriate behaviour during the film’s shoot. “Whatever the girl has accused Vikas Bahl is not at all wrong because he also tried his hand on me. I literally told him that ‘main tumhe maarungi if you do this again’. So I am sure he did the same with the girl in question as well,” Nayani Dixit said in an interview.

Vinta Nanda Speaks Out After Accusing Alok Nath of Sexual Harassment

“He did not deny it even in 2003, 2004 and 2005 when I had written about it. Now I am feeling fearless, he is feeling scared,” said Vinta Nanda, writer and producer who leveled rape allegations against Alok Nath.

In a press conference, Vinta says she is not scared of the consequences of speaking out and wants Alok to be ashamed of his actions and the repercussions on her life. “I am meeting consultants and advisors today evening, so by tomorrow I will have the next course of action ready. I am not ashamed of anything, it is he who should feel ashamed,” she added.

Talking about the #MeToo movement gaining momentum in India, Vinta said, “This is just the beginning”.

Varun Grover Denies Sexual Harassment Allegations

Screenwriter and lyricist Varun Grover is the latest celebrity to be accused of harassment in the onslaught of the #MeToo movement in India. Grover has categorically denied the allegations. “I completely, totally, absolutely deny all of it, line by line. The whole account never happened,” he said to CNN-News18.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap backed Grover’s statement denying the allegations.

Read the full story here

Producers Guild Releases Statement

Producers Guild of India releases statement after allegations against Bollywood celebrities mount.

Producers Guild of India extends its complete support to the movement to call out and report sexual harassment and abuse whenever and wherever it occurs in our industry. We believe that there is an urgent need to set up a robust process to ensure the highest standards of safety for employees and crew members at the workplace – whether in offices or on sets of productions. We are instituting a committee within the Guild to lead this effort, and we are determined to stay the course till workplaces in the industry are safe spaces for everyone. 
Producers Guild of India   

President of the Film & Television Producers Guild of India, Siddharth Roy Kapur told ANI, “Producer’s guild is forming a committee to look into the different allegations of sexual harassment and to provide possible help to the victims”.

Mahesh Bhatt Reacts to MeToo Movement

I see it as a final awakening of Indian women saying enough is enough. It’s not restricted to film industry. Entertainment industry should support women, but also give the person who is accused the right to be looked upon as innocent till proven guilty.
Mahesh Bhatt to ANI

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Updated: October 12, 2018 — 8:12 am
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