Last week, the news of Vikas Bahl being accused of sexual harassment by a female employee left everyone shocked. At a recent event, Kangana Ranaut who had been directed by Bahl in the award-winning film Queen, reacted to this episode.
Here's what she had to say when asked about it...
Kangana Ranaut's Reaction
The 'Rangoon' actress spoke in favour of the victim and said, "We are here to talk about a brand, but what you mentioned is a serious topic. But whoever faces such situations and speaks up is courageous. Generally speaking, they should be encouraged to talk about it by their family, colleagues. They should not be shamed. Obviously, there will always be another side to the other story. But people should speak up, whether it is right or wrong."
A Recap Of What Had Happened
Reportedly, a a girl at Phantom has alleged that Vikas used to ask sexual favours from her and kept sexually abusing her for the last one and half years. Finally the girl decided to speak up and there were even reports that other partners at Phantom - Madhu Mantena, Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane have severed ties with Bahl and asked him not to report to office anymore.
Vikas Had Denied All The Allegations Made Against Him
He was earlier quoted as saying, "Nothing has happened. I am running the company. There is no complaint to HR and there is no Vishakha committee. I have heard about this particular lady you are speaking about and the Goa incident. She is not my employee."
Vikas Claimed She Never Made Him Feel That She Was Uncomfortable Around Him
Vikas had further added, "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. For two-and-a-half years she has never made me feel as if she is uncomfortable (around me)."
Do you guys agree with what Kangana has to say?