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#MeToo: Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap Steps Down From MAMI. Details Here

Written By Radhika Sarkar | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has decided to step down as a board member from MAMI, in the light of recent events.
  • Earlier, two separate legal notices have been served to Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane by Vikas Bahl.

In the wake of the 'Me Too' movement that had earlier taken Hollywood by storm, former actress Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Tanushree's fight for justice has now taken a legal turn. Meanwhile, Dutta's brave step has now pushed several victims to share their stories. Several big-wigs from the entertainment industry have been named and shamed. The age of social media has left no stone unturned in shaming all those accused of sexual harassment. Following the back-to-back accusations against celebrities, the latest one that is gaining momentum is the controversy pertaining to Anurag Kashyap and Vikas Bahl. 

The controversy broke out when filmmaker Anurag Kashyap opened up about the sexual harassment allegation on his Phantom Films partner Vikas Bahl. And, now in a turn of events, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has decided to step down from his duties as a board member from Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image. 

Read: #MeToo| Two Legal Notices Served To Anurag Kashyap And Vikramaditya Motwane By Vikas Bahl

Here's the tweet! 

Further, denying having stayed silent on the allegations pertaining to Vikas Bahl, he hit out another cryptic tweet and said " On the other hand I vehemently deny to have stayed silent on the issue & not doing anything about it for years. Can’t explain further to people who don’t understand due process, legalities. Have been resilient through all accusations, keep flinging them my way" 

Read: Here's What Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Has To Say About The #MeToo Movement

Here's the tweet! 

Here's his official statement! 

In the light of the current events, I have decided to step back from my duties as a board member from MAMI until the shadow of doubt of our alleged complicitness in silence and not doing anything about it, is cleared.

On the other hand, I vehemently deny having stayed silent on the issue & not doing anything about it for years. Can’t explain further to people who don’t understand due process, legalities. Have been resilient through all accusations, keep flinging them my way.

The accused was named and shamed a long time back. For people who don’t read the details & only the headlines, I have no response. A lot of women work with me and have been around, I am answerable to them & they stand witness to our actions &our struggle to do the right thing.

Let the purging continue .. it’s as good a time as any for all of us to introspect, look into ourselves and see how we all have been complicit in so much, with our silence, forced by fear of consequence or by choice.

In more than a year I have questioned myself a lot, reflected on every single date I went to, every interaction of mine with the opposite sex, every encounter all that I could recall.

And my greatest and simplest learning is that the line of consent is not just defined by “No” , most times it’s before that “No” is uttered. And the line of consent depends on the person that owns the consent. It varies from person to person.

It’s our conditioning, even for the most woke people. Most of us are still learning, everyone who claims to know what it means, and I talk about us men, we really don’t know. None of us knows. It can’t and should not be defined so simply.

Earlier, two separate legal notices have been served to Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane by Bahl. The notice served to the two, stated that Anurag and Vikramaditya used MeToo opportunist to defame Vikas Bahl and that Kashyap had bribed another employee of the production house to make similar allegations against Bahl, and there is no personal agenda behind it. 

Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane dissolved Phantom Films on Monday after an unidentified employee of the production company outed Bahl, alleging he sexually assaulted her

 

 

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