After a woman employee at Phantom Films, which had Vikas Bahl as one of the partners along side Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena, had levelled allegations of molestation against Bahl, everyone's lashing out at Phantom founders on social media for not doing much about it, despite knowing the truth for almost two years. Recently, filmmakers Anurag, Vikramaditya, Vikas and Madhu, who joined hands in making Phantom in 2011, decided to part ways and dissolve their production company ahead of molestation allegations against Bahl, citing a reason that they now intend to exert their creativity independently. Savdhaan India Host Sushant Singh Slams Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane for Reacting Too Late to Vikas Bahl Sexual Harassment Row
The filmmakers also took to social media to explain how they could not take more decisive action against Bahl after learning of the sexual harassment allegations against him. However, nothing really changed anything for them. In fact, now everyone is speculating that the dissolution was a result of the assault allegations, to make their sides clear. Amid all these speculations and allegations, now filmmaker Anurag Kashyap decided to step back from my duties as a board member from MAMI until everything gets back to normal.
Anurag Kashyap, earlier today, took to the micro-blogging site to make the announcement. He wrote on Twitter, "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." The filmmaker also changed his Twitter profile picture and cover photo to a plain black background.
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
For the uninitiated, a woman employee at Phantom Films had levelled allegations of molestation against Bahl. She had said that Bahl had behaved inappropriately during a trip to Goa. The report had also suggested that Phantom founders, despite knowing the truth for almost two years, didn’t do much about it. In, fact Bahl continued to harass her until she finally quit the company. Watch this space for further updates.