Vikas Bahl, the director of the highly acclaimed movie ‘Queen’, has been accused of molestation by a woman employee of Phantom Films. According to the claims, she was abused by him a couple of months ago while on a trip to Goa.
Phantom Films was started as a joint venture along with Reliance Entertainment. Following the complaint, an enquiry was launched into the matter by stakeholders Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap and Madhu Mantena. Before long, there were whispers of not just one but multiple victims. Vikas Bahl was reportedly told to step down from his position at Phantom Films on March 28th. However, these reports are yet to be confirmed.
Filmmaker Vikas Bahl has denied all charges levelled against him. He claims that the alleged victim is not an employee of Phantom Films, but merely an acquaintance. He has issued a statement regarding the same, part of which says, “if she is feeling like this I would like to sit across a table from her and talk to her. I want to ask her if I have crossed a line, whether I have done anything to hurt her and if she feels that way, I would like to apologise for it.” Bahl claims to know the woman from two and a half years now, and that in all this time she has never hinted to him that he made her feel uncomfortable around him. He says he feels victimised and doesn’t know how to deal with it.
Meanwhile, director Ram Gopal Verma has managed (as always) to draw the spotlight away from the issue upon himself. He brew a storm by ranting against Anurag Kashyap on twitter over the molestation charges against Vikas Bahl. RGV and Kashyap used to be friends at one point in time. However, they are not said to be on the best of terms now. While neither has openly claimed enmity, they have on various occasions taken potshots at one another publicly. Ram Gopal Verma used wordplay on twitter to take digs at Phantom Films, referring to it in comparison with his own “Company.” One of his tweets read, “I swear on Steven Spielberg that I am not trying to be a SHANDAR of my COMPANY becos I have no ANURAG for PHANTOMous relationships” (sic).