The #MeToo movement is getting stronger day by day. More and more woman are coming forward and talking about their tales of sexual harassment by the rich and famous people of our industry. The time has gone when the voice of the victim was oppressed and when women did nothing to the person who assaulted them. Soon after Tanushree Dutta came forward with her allegations of sexual harassment against veteran actor Nana Patekar, many other women gained the courage to name the person who harassed them.
The recent addition to this list has been the name of a famous director. Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen’s director Vikas Bahl’s name has been added to the list of assaulters whose name have come forward because of the #MeToo movement. A woman came forward recently and shared her tale of sexual harassment at the hands of Vikas Bahl who was a partner in Phantom Films. The woman claimed that Vikas assaulted her during the promotional tour of Bombay Velvet in 2015.
Kangana Ranaut who has worked closely with Bahl during Queen came forward in the support of the woman and said that she believes her. Kangana gave an exclusive interview to India Today and revealed about her experience while working with Bahl for Queen.
Kangana revealed that Bahl used to shame her for sleeping early and told her that she was not being cool. She said, "Totally believe her. 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 a sickness. He partied every night and shamed me for sleeping early and not being cool enough."
She also said that Bahl used to get very close to her every time they used to meet, "I often told him off. He was scared of me but still every time we met socially greeted and hugged each other, he'd bury his face in my neck and 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'."
The queen actress further added, “I could tell something is wrong with him. I believe this girl. But what is sad, is that now that Phantom has been dissolved, many are attacking him, even though the girl asked for help long ago. At that time, the story was conveniently killed, but I supported her at that time as well. You can see my media interaction during one of my brand endorsement interactions. I thought the movement [MeToo] would catch up but I was wrong.”
She even lost a good film because she supported the girl when she spoke about this incident, "At that time Vikas had come to me with a script about a gold medalist from Haryana. When I supported the girl, he stopped talking to me. 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. The matter was pushed under the carpet and I didn't hear any updates on the same."
"It's amusing that 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. Either we do it or we don't. Let's not be opportunists. If we are a shit society, let's accept it, at least have that much honesty within yourself. Selective outrage will only serve as entertainment, this will just be tabloid gossip and nothing else” she added.
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