Tanushree Dutta’s allegations of sexual harassment
against Nana Patekar have initiated #MeToo movement in India wherein women are
not only coming out to share their horrifying experiences but are also naming
and shaming their offenders. From Chetan Bhagat to Tanmay Bhat and Rajat
Kapoor to Vikas Bahl, men in power have been called for their misconduct.
To talk of Vikas, Kangana Ranaut came forth and narrated her experience with her Queen director. She stated that he would “bury his face” in her neck and breathe in the smell of her hair when they greeted and hugged each other. She also explained how it took great amount of courage and strength to pull her out of his embrace. Following that, in a HuffPost report, a crew member came out and accused Vikas Bahl of sexually assaulting her during the pre-release promotional tour of their movie, Bombay Velvet.
“He’s (Vikas Bahl) has always been dodgy, so I’ve never hung out with him alone for that reason. One day he was having a party where a lot of people I knew were going so I felt safe. But he got really drunk (or pretended to be) and he forcibly tried to kiss me on the lips, I pushed him and left immediately and he pretended not to see me leaving. At least 20 other people were at this party. I left in a rush went to my boyfriends house because I was so disgusted but he kept sending me texts – saying “Why did you leave, I could have dropped you”. I wasn’t drinking, smoking, smoking up or doing anything. I had just had my dinner and gone with some writer buddies.
That’s his strategy, he pretends to be drunk. He caught the corner of my mouth when he tried to kiss me and I pushed him, not enough people were around to have seen it. But after I left he kept asking, “Are you hungry, should I make you some kebabs, did you eat?” feigning ignorance. That’s what he does. Pretending to be drunk then saying things like, “I didn’t do anything, did you do something?”
This is why I am not requesting him for work, and have boycotted him entirely socially and professionally. His ex-wife knew about his shenanigans too. He’s basically ruined her life. He got fired from some places he worked at before on similar ground. My question is why start a company with a repeat offender when you know? This can’t be a surprise to anyone. I am somebody, I have a career and am an actress of repute. Someone who should not be afraid to call cops on such a man and I am yet afraid to name names.”
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