New Delhi: Kangana Ranaut, the star of Queen, the film directed by Vikas Bahl who was recently accused of sexual harassment, has finally opened up about the controversy surrounding her director.
A few days ago, Vikas Bahl was accused of molestation by a female employee of Phantom Films, the production company owned by Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. The news sent shock-waves through the film industry just weeks after The Viral Fever (TVF) CEO Arunabh Kumar was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women who have previously worked with the company.
Vikas Bahl, on his part, has denied the allegations and has said that he has known the accuser for a long time. The woman, Vikas added, is his friend and she never looked uncomfortable around him.
“I have heard about this particular lady you are speaking about and the Goa incident. She is not my employee. Yes, I am friends with her, we have worked together and there is a production job we have done together… but 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. I have known her for long,” Bahl recently told media.
Now, at an event when Kanagana Ranaut was asked about her Queen director Vikas Bahl and the allegations against him, she said, “It’s a very serious issue. I can only say that it is very courageous of a woman to come out and speak about sexual harassment. It’s not regarding this particular event, because I am not the party involved, but generally speaking, women who face this should be encouraged to talk about it by their families and their colleagues without feeling ashamed about it.”Noticeably, Kangana Ranaut refrained from commenting on Vikas Bahl even though she did acknowledge the seriousness of sexual harassment and considered it a matter of courage to come out and talk about being harassed in the open.
“More women should come out and talk about whatever they feel because that’s how there will be awareness about these issues and of course, there will always be another side of the story as well and then there will be the authorities, who can decide what is the right thing to do. But people should speak up about whatever they feel, whether they are right or wrong, they must speak up and discuss,” Kangana added.
On the work front, Kangana Ranaut was recently seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon. She will be seen next in Hansal Mehta’s Simran and has currently begun training her upcoming movie Manikarnika, based on the life of Rani Laxmibai.