Some of my favorite Bollywood movies are Lootera, NH10, and Queen. They all were produced under the production company Phantom films owned by Vikas Bahl, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena. After seven years of partnership the company was dissolved amid allegations leveled against Vikas Bahl of sexually harassing a former employee. Given that Bahl is a prominent filmmaker in the industry (in the past he has directed Queen, Shaandaar, Chillar Party and currently working on Super 30) the allegations prompted a lot of people to speak on this issue. Now, actor Arjun Kapoor’s comment on sexual harassment is the newest addition in India’s #MeToo movement.
Arjun Kapoor, who is ready with his new film Namaste England, has said that he is shocked that it happened at Phantom Films, a production banner which was considered the fresh breath of air into Bollywood among the big banners.
Interacting with a news channel he revealed:
“There were always whispers in the industry about the allegations of sexual harassment against Vikas Bahl.”
Arjun further added:
“Not having an HR in office is bizarre, I am not able to wrap my head around this… It is basic for any company, you could have saved the girl from further damage if you had a safe environment in your office, it is sad and bizarre” .
Apart from Vikas, names such as Alok Nath, Nana Patekar and Rajat Kapoor have come up as they have also been accused of sexual misbehaviour. Recently, actress Kangana Ranaut, who has worked with Vikas in the hit film Queen, recently opened up about the ongoing controversy.
As an employee, we all seek proper help and guidance in an organization and I agree with Arjun’s point that a company with an HR is a must and it could have saved the rights of an individual.