New Delhi, Oct 8: Filmmaker Vikas Bahl is once again in news and this time again for all the wrong reasons. After Kangana Ranaut, yet another actress came forward and revealed her story on the condition of anonymity. According to a report, the actress revealed that the Queen director "forcibly tried to kiss" her.
According to a report in Miss Malini, the actress said she always considered Mr Bahl "dodgy" and therefore exercised caution to never be alone with him. The actress reportedly went to a party with nearly 20 other people where the filmmaker allegedly "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."
As per the reports, the actress also divulged that "pretending to be drunk and feigning ignorance" is apparently Vikas Bahl's modus operandi. "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?," she divulged Miss Malini.The actress reportedly said that Vikas Bahl's alleged indecent behaviour was no secret: "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."Meanwhile, it was announced earlier that Phantom Films, co-owned by Vikas Bahl along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, had been dissolved according to a Huffington Post India expose, it appears that an old sexual harassment claim against Mr Bahl was the precursor.
Earlier, Mr Bahl's alleged sexual misconduct at a 2015 Phantom Films party in Goa was reported. Now it appears that it took his partners in Phantom Films over a year to sift through legal options before winding the company up. In separate tweets Anurag Kashyap and Vikramditya Motwane confirmed they believed that Mr Bahl is a predator, that they had suspended him after the reports last year and 'named and shamed' him in Bollywood circles. Both filmmakers promised to never allow predatory behaviour on their watch again.
While Anurag Kashyap blamed the lack of legal options, the actress who spoke to Miss Malini questioned: "Why start a company with a repeat offender when you know? This can't be a surprise to anyone."Soon after the Phantom Films announcement and the HuffPost expose, Vikas Bahl's Queen actress Kangana Ranaut revealed that she too had experienced intrusive behaviour from the director. "Every time we met, socially greeted and hugged each other, he'd bury his face in my neck, hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. It took me great amount of strength and effort to pull myself out of his embrace. He'd say 'I love how you smell K'. I could tell something is wrong with him," she told India Today.