Netflix Tuesday confirmed the streaming giant will continue its association with Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and writer Varun Grover for the second season of Sacred Games. The streaming giant in a statement, said they carried out an independent investigation and are satisfied with the results.
Kashyap and Motwane, who co-directed the hit series, have been under fire for their alleged inaction in the sexual harassment allegations against former Phantom Films partner Vikas Bahl by an employee, a charge they both have denied.
The production house was dissolved last month after allegations resurfaced against Bahl in the wake of #MeToo movement in India. The case dates back to an incident that took place in Goa in 2015. Whereas, Grover was anonymously accused of sexual harassment, a claim he has categorically denied. In multiple statements, he has said that while he supports the movement, he wants to clear his name for his mental health. There has been no response from the anonymous account after he asked for closure.
"After an independent investigation, the results helped inform Netflix's decision to continue with Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap on season 2 of Sacred Games," Netflix said.
"Netflix will continue to work with Varun Grover on season 2 of Sacred Games," it further said.
The company said it will collaborate with its production partners "to ensure and maintain a safe and respectful working environment".
Earlier, in a cryptic response, Sacred Games star Saif Ali Khan has hinted that the core team of the Netflix series including show-runners Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and writer Varun Grover, may see a shuffle in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
"We have been talking constantly. They don't like me talking about the show anyways. I like working with them, they are brilliant. They want to keep it a secret. But I want to give you a clue. There was a terrible scandal concerning Kevin Spacey and he had a show 'House of Cards', the show is going on but Spacey is not there. Let that be a clue," Saif told PTI.
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