QUEEN director Vikas Bahl accused of molesting, asked to quit Phantom films?
Now the lady in question has slapped a harassment charge against Vikas and the HR of Phantoms has set up a committee according to the Vishakha Guidelines to investigate the matter. In the same report an anonymous stakeholders was quoted saying, “We (Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films) have taken a hard stand, based on what we have heard and investigated. The filmmaker was formally asked to step down as a shareholder on March 28. The decision needed to be taken because it was getting too much. There are not one, two or three but multiple victims. I was in the middle of a film shoot when I came to know about the first incident and I had to stop my shoot and come to Mumbai…there is (after all) a young girl on whom an intoxicated Vikas forced himself while they were in Goa. He has behaved badly in the past as well but when this specific complaint came, we needed to act on it.”
However Vikas Bahl has categorically denied molesting anyone or being asked to step down. “Nothing has happened. I am running the company. There is no complaint to HR and there is no Vishakha committee. I have heard about this particular lady and the Goa incident. She is not my employee. Yes, I am friends with her, we have worked together and there is a production job we have done together…but if she is feeling like this I would like to sit across a table from her and talk to her. I want to ask her if I have done anything to hurt her and if she feels that way I would like to apologise for it. I have known her for long. For two-and-a-half years she has never made me feel as if she is uncomfortable around me. I have worked very hard to be the person I have become. I do feel little victimized but I don’t know what to do about that,”
With no official statement from any of the three other Phantom founders - Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, we wonder what’s brewing in their company and whether or not Vikas is innocent that only time will tell.
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