Queen actor Kangana Ranaut earlier alleged filmmaker Vikas Bahl made her feel uncomfortable on several occasions, after a woman employee at Phantom Films reiterated her allegations of molestation against the film director.
Richa Dubey, Vikas Bahl’s ex-wife came to the support of Bahl and took to Twitter citing the ‘loopholes’ in Kangana’s account. She accused Kangana of ‘using Vikas for her own’ vendetta.
“Another ex wife for her ex husband’s rescue, my only question is why do they leave their holier than thou husbands in the first place, stop this bull shit that we had a friendly divorce perfectly amicable and we are a family, you don’t wake up one fine morning and divorce a godly man, so please help us secure our work environment and make sure these men don’t spoil more lives,” said Kangana in a statement to the Times of India.
(I) Totally believe her (survivor, ex-employee of Phantom Films), even though Vikas was married back in 2014 when we were filming ‘Queen’, he bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every other day. I don’t judge people and their marriages but you can tell when addiction becomes sickness,Kangana Ranaut
The actor said she was “shamed” for not being cool enough by the director, who, Kangana says, was scared of her.
But still every time we met, socially greeted and hugged each other, he’d bury his face in my neck, hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. It took me great amount of strength and effort to pull myself out of his embrace. He’d say ‘I love how you smell K’. I could tell something is wrong with him.Kangana Ranaut
Kangana said though she believed the woman who levelled allegations against Bahl, it was sad that people were attacking him now “even though the woman asked for help long ago.”
“That time the story was conveniently killed but I supported her at that time as well… I thought the movement would catch up but I was wrong,” she said.
Kangana also claimed that Vikas had come to her with a script about a gold medalist from Haryana but stopped talking about the project as she supported the woman.
“I didn’t mind losing out on a good script and I never called him either. I was determined to say what I felt was right but the matter was pushed under the carpet and I didn’t hear any updates about the same. It’s amusing after the news of Phantom dissolution, many are finding the courage to attack him.
Shame on such a society, go look at yourselves in the mirror bunch of cowards. Attacking powerless men won’t begin a movement. Let’s not be opportunists. Selective outrage will only serve as entertainment, this will just be tabloid gossip and nothing else,Kangana Ranaut
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta and screen writer Apurva Asrani are among the first voices from the Hindi film industry to condemn Queen director Vikas Bahl over the sexual harassment allegations against him.
Last year, a woman employee at Phantom Films, which had Bahl as one of the partners along side Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, had levelled allegations of molestation against Bahl, who she said behaved inappropriately during a trip to Goa.
In a recent article in Huffpost India, the woman has reiterated the allegations, sharing further details about the incident. According to the report, in October 2015, the woman reached out to Kashyap and detailed her experience, but no action was taken while Bahl continued to harass her until she finally quit the company.
Sharing the article on Twitter, Mehta wrote, “Will anybody do anything about this bloody creep or will the industry protect him like it always does?”
Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Onir said it was sad that some of the biggest stars in the Hindi film industry were still working with Bahl. “It’s sad that inspite of knowing the truth… studios and stars continue to turn a blind eye to the perpetrators.” Bahl is currently directing his next venture Super 30, featuring Hrithik Roshan in the lead.
Quoting the story, Sacred Games actor Kubbra Sait tweeted, “The details in here are gory. But necessary to read. May the girl continue to fight knowing that her story isn’t wasted. Thank You for the courage. #MeToo #TimesUp“.
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan director R S Prasanna said the revelations were “shocking”. “This is so very shocking. #MeToo seems to have become the forest fire that it deserves to be,” he said. Producer-director Nikkhil Advani said serious action must be taken against the culprit.
“Serious action, serious introspection and serious correction is required from an industry that has forever been plagued with ill repute. This is not the story of one girl or one incident but symptomatic of a work ethic at large,” he wrote.
In the article, which has since become viral on social media, Kashyap has admitted he had failed the woman, three years after he first learnt of the allegations.
“Whatever happened was wrong. We didn’t handle it well, we failed. I cannot blame anyone but myself. But now we are determined to do better. We believe her completely. She has our undying support. What Bahl has done is horrifying. We are already on our path of course correction and will do everything in our capacity to fix it,” Kashyap said.
According to the publication they had also sent detailed questionnaires to Phantom Films’s remaining three partners — Bahl, Motwane and Mantena. Before the article was published, the four partners Saturday announced that have decided to dissolve their joint banner Phantom Films, without citing the reason for this decision.
(With Inputs From: PTI)
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