Vikas Bahl issues legal notice to Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane

Vikas Bahl ousted from Ranveer Singh starrer '83' amid sexual harassment allegations

Producer-director Vikas Bahl, accused of sexual assault and harassment, has sent legal notices to filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane for making "defamatory allegations" against him.

The legal notice also mentions that Motwane is said to have initially believed there was no sexual harassment and showed his conversation with the alleged victim to Bahl.

The notice, issued through Advocate Shamsher Garud of Jayakar and Partners, alleges that Kashyap bribed another employee of the production house to make similar allegations against Bahl. Anurag Kashyap has acknowledged he "named and shamed" Mr Bahl in film circles.

In the light of the current events, I have chose 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. Can't explain further to people who don't understand due process, legalities.

In an exclusive chat with Zee News, Kangana said, " Whatever is happening with Vikas Bahl is absolutely correct. I use to feel I have come a long way from growing up in a smalltown &today I feel like somehow I am still there. However, the piece was also critical of Mr Kashyap's way of handling the matter, including the delay in calling Vikas Bahl out.

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In the notices, Bahl has asked for an "unconditional apology" and to withdraw "contradictory" statements made by Kashyap and Motwane on social media.

Kangana also revealed that she lost out on a few projects after she chose to help the girl who accused Bahl.

Unfortunately, the film industry knew of their actions but chose to remain silent and with it every victim was silenced.

The filmmaker, however, said he has begun to question himself about interactions he has had with women.

Bollywood celebrities Alok Nath, Nana Patekar and Vikas Bahl will face a boycott from more than five lakh members of the Federation of Western Cine India Employees (FWCIE) if they don't respond to the film body's show-cause notice within 10 days of their release, the organisation today said. The other film is Chintu Ka Birthday, produced by AIB, which has been deeply implicated in #MeToo allegations. AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat, who acknowledged that he knew of Utsav's alleged misconduct and did nothing, has "stepped away" from the collective.

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