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'I've never seen Anurag ever disrespecting a woman'

By SUBHASH K JHA
Last updated on: September 21, 2020 17:19 IST
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'There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice.'

Photograph: Kind courtesy Anurag Kashyap/Instagram

Anurag Kashyap, who has been accused of sexual harassment, has received a lot of support from the film industry.

Mahie Gill, whom Kashyap introduced in Dev D, was mentioned in a derogatory manner by Payal Ghosh in her allegation against the film-maker.

"I really don't want to get into this mess. There's already so much negativity happening around us," Mahie tells Subhash K Jha.

"It's very easy to take names just because he launched us. All I want to say is that I've known Anurag for a long time now. We may not be in touch, but I am sure Anurag can never ever speak like this about any of his actors."

Anurag's first wife Aarti Bajaj posted a long message on Instagram, calling the starlet's accusations of sexual misconduct against Kashyap the 'cheapest stunt'.

She wrote: 'First wife here... You are a rockstar. Keep empowering women as you do and the safest place you create for all of them. I see it first hand with our daughter.'

'There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice,' Bajaj, one of the film industry's top editors, said.

'If everybody spends the energy which they use in hating others constructively this world will be a better place.'

'Cheapest stunt I have seen till now. First it made me angry, then I laughed so hard as it cannot come more framed then this.'

'I am sorry that you have to go through this. That's the level of them. You stay HIGH and keep using your voice. We love you.'

 

Taapsee Pannu, who starred in Kashyap's Manmarziyan and also played one of the leads in Saandh Ki Aankh, which Kashyap produced, stands by him while defending Ms Ghosh's right to have her say.

"I hope she gets heard about what she has to say. A thorough investigation should be done in regards to her claim," Taapsee says.

The actress says Kashyap is incapable of misbehaving with women.

"As far as I know Anurag, he is one of those people in the industry who have utmost respect for every woman he knows," she says.

"I've never seen him ever disrespecting a woman, forget about ill-treating or harassing any woman."

"And I have heard the same things about him from the women who have worked with him and whom I've met," Taapsee says.

Kalki Koechlin, who was married to Anurag, has also supported him on social media.

'Dear Anurag, don't let this social media circus get to you, you have fought for the freedom of women in your scripts, you've defended their integrity in your professional space as well as in your personal life,' she wrote.

'I have been witness to it, in the personal and professional space you have always seen me as your equal, you have stood up for my integrity even after our divorce, and you have supported me when I felt unsafe in a work environment even before we got together.'

'This strange time where everyone gets to abuse one another and make false claims without any repercussions is a dangerous and repulsive one. It is destroying families, friends and countries.'

'But there is a place of dignity that exists beyond this virtual blood bath, a place of paying attention to the needs of those around you, a place of being kind even when no one is looking, and I know you are very familiar with that place.

'Hang on to that diginity, stay stong and keep doing the work you do. Love from an ex wife.'

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