Vikas Bhal, the Queen director who has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee of Phantom Films and Queen actress Kangana Ranaut, has now sent legal notices to filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
Vikas has accused them of defaming and giving statements against him on social media. The notice asks the two to tender an “unconditional apology and to withdraw messages from social media”.
Kashyap and Motwane have been asked to withdraw their statements, tender an unconditional apology to Bahl via social media stating the allegations are baseless and hand over all material and the name of the source through which they have based/derived/obtained the information within a period of 24 hours from the receipt of the notice.
Motwane and Kashyap have been accused of reacting without knowing the truth and arriving at a conclusion based on hearsay material as they were neither a witness nor an alleged victim, but instead an “opportunist seeking to derive benefit based on unsubstantiated information”. Vikas claims the statements have been made as a “result of professional jealousy” to “defame” him, “malign” his image and “destroy” his career.
He has accused them of also using the opportunity to dissolve Phantom Films, making him look like the person responsible for the production house’s fall.
Meanwhile, Anurag Kashyap has stepped down as the board member of MAMI. On Wednesday morning, he 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.”
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.
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) October 10, 2018
On Saturday, the dissolution of Phantom Films was announced following the allegations and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter on Sunday to release a two-page statement on the matter.