Confirmed: No Director's Credit For #MeToo Accused Vikas Bahl In Hrithik's Super 30; Anurag Kashyap Will Complete The Project
Reliance Entertainment has made it official that Hrithik Roshan's Super 30 will not have any director's credit. With Vikas Bahl embroiled in the #MeToo controversy, Anurag Kashyap will now look after the post-production
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Vikas Bahl has been shown the door by Super 30 makers, until he proves "not guilty" in the on-going #meToo controversy. After being mum for a long time, Reliance Entertainment has finally confirmed that their upcoming Anand Kumar biopic, led by Hrithik Roshan as the math coach, will not have any director's credit. A report in Mumbai Mirror also confirms that Anurag Kashyap, who is also a partner in the project, has taken the responsibility to overlook the post-production of the film.
the development, Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO of Reliance Entertainment told the
leading tabloid, “Vikas is not associated with the edit and post-production”.
Further the report suggested, “The film will be completed with its in-house
Sarkar further cleared the air saying, that Anurag is not replacing Vikas. He said, “There will be no director credit for anyone. As a producer, after substantial investment of time, money and the efforts of all our technicians and talent, it is our responsibility to complete the film with the best possible resources available to us. Anurag is a partner, he has edited films of other Phantom partners in the past. He agreed to take this responsibility on Reliance’s request, and with a professional and commercial understanding. Also, it has been agreed that he will not take any credit.”
When Shibasish was asked about Vikas’ reaction to the development, he said, “Vikas has been informed of every single decision. So, there is absolutely no ambiguity of our decision regarding him.”
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He further told Mirror, if allegations against Bahl are cleared before the release of the film, the they will reconsider of putting his name in the credit role. “Vikas is currently pursuing legal action to clear the allegations levelled against him. If he can get an order clearing his name before the film’s theatrical release, either from the court or a competent body of course, as a company, we will reconsider whether his name can be given as the director. But only if he gets an order from a competent authority or institution,” said Sarkar.
For those who've come in late, the Queen director was called out by his female crew member for sexually harassing her. The victim in question had narrated the entire story to HuffPost, which suggested that Vikas Bahl had sexually assaulted the woman during the pre-release promotional tour of their movie, Bombay Velvet. Although a legal case was initiated, but the victim withdrew from the case midway, and told the court and media that she doesn’t intend to take the fight to the court and wants to be left alone. This decision was condemned by Vikas Bahl, who wanted to prove his innocence in the court.