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Sunday, December 10, 2023

Anurag Kashyap Steps Down as Board Member of MAMI

Anurag Kashyap has now decided to step back from his duties as a board member from MAMI (Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image) until his name is cleared.

The filmmaker tweeted:

“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.”

He, in a series of tweets, has apologised to the victim, who was reportedly sexually harassed by Vikas Bahl. He wrote:

“I feel like just apologizing for being a man. I use to feel I have come a long way from growing up in a small town & today I feel like somehow I am still there.

There is so much I really don’t see & also see others around me pretending to see & I feel inko bhi Kahan dikhta hai.”

Phantom Films, which was co-founded by Kashyap got dissolved this month. Vikas was also a founder of the former production house.

Vikas Bahl was accused of molestation by a female employee of Phantom Films. This news sent shockwaves through the film industry.

Back then, Vikas denied the allegations and said that he has known the accuser for a long time.

He had also added that the women in question never showed any signs of discomfort whenever he was around her.

However, now the survivor in an interview to Huffington Post has opened up about the incident once more. She said that Vikas assaulted her and Phantom knew it but no one condemned it.

It is essential that these exposures continue for the sake of the Indian film industry.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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