Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Allegations out of professional jealousy: Vikas slaps notices on Anurag, Vikramaditya

Allegations out of professional jealousy: Vikas slaps notices on Anurag, Vikramaditya

Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, who along with Bahl and another filmmaker founded Phantom Films, released statements on Twitter later that day backing the woman.

The director of Queen has also alleged in the notice that Kashyap has bribed another employee of Phantom Films to make similar allegations against Bahl and therefore questioning the original charge of sexual assault against him.

The notice, issued through advocate Shamsher Garud of Jayakar and Partners, says the public comments made by Kashyap and Motwane were opportunistic and rose out of "professional jealousy" with the intent to defame, malign and destroy Bahl's career.

Although he didn't disclose the names of the industry people, however, he had several stories to tell.

Bahl accused his former partners of using the allegation as an opportunity to disband Phantom Films and pin the blame on him. "He partied every night and shamed me for sleeping early and not being cool enough". Have been resilient through all accusations, keep flinging them my way.

Amidst all the rage, Vikas Bahl has been quite. However, the piece was also critical of Mr Kashyap's way of handling the matter, including the delay in calling Vikas Bahl out. That's when she went on to say, "Whatever is happening with Vikas Bahl is absolutely correct".

The HuffPost article on Bahl appeared before a host of women journalists accused M. J Akbar, a well-known former editor and now a junior foreign minister in Narendra Modi's government of sexual harassment.

The notice also accuses Kashyap and Motwane to have made statements against him based on "hearsay material" and adds, "Our client states that you are neither a witness nor an alleged victim, but instead an opportunist seeking to derive benefit based on unsubstantiated information". The fate of Super 30 remains unknown as Bahl has been fired from a series which was greenlighted by Amazon. I have requested the producers of Super 30 to take stock of the apparent facts and take a harsh stand if need be.

The #MeToo storm has taken over India and sexual predators and harassers are being uprooted, and brought to light.

Meanwhile, the MAMI film body has dropped two films from its line-up - one is Kadakh, which stars actor Rajat Kapoor, who recently apologised after twosexual harassment allegations. AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat, who acknowledged that he knew of Utsav's alleged misconduct and did nothing, has "stepped away" from the collective.

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