Payal Ghosh says Anurag Kashyap ‘forced himself on me’; Smriti Irani makes statement
Bollywood actress Payal Ghosh has accused Bollywood director #AnuragKashyap of forcing himself on her. Payal Ghosh has claimed that she was sexually harassed by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap. National Commission of Women (NCW) also responded to this tweet seeking a formal complaint from Ghosh for them to investigate. Smriti Irani, who is the Minister for Women and Child Development spoke about the issue to a TV channel saying, “I am in a Constitutional position that oversees the National Commission for Women. NCW has made a public statement, hence it will be inappropriate for me to digress and get into their constitutional area about how they want to go ahead with a particular case.”
Our Chairperson @sharmarekha's statement on the shocking allegations of sexual harassment made by @iampayalghosh against @anuragkashyap72. @NCWIndia will take up the matter with police. The survivor has also been asked to send a detailed complaint to the Commission. pic.twitter.com/NpKJSXqqGR
— NCW (@NCWIndia) September 20, 2020
Ghosh, who has worked in projects like Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi (film) and Saath Nibhaana Saathiya (TV show).
She tweeted, “@anuragkashyap72 has forced himself on me and extremely badly. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help!”
@anuragkashyap72 has forced himself on me and extremely badly. @PMOIndia @narendramodi ji, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help! https://t.co/1q6BYsZpyx
— Payal Ghosh (@iampayalghosh) September 19, 2020
In her tweet she appealed to the Prime Minister to step in and act over her allegation. The Chairperson of National Commission for Women or NCW, Rekha Sharma intervened and asked Ghosh for a detailed complaint. She quote-tweeted Ghosh and asked for a detailed complaint in the matter. She wrote, “You may send me the detailed complaint at email@example.com and @NCWIndia will look into it.”
Thank you will do that 🙏🏼 https://t.co/xQVgzIh0cU
— Payal Ghosh (@iampayalghosh) September 19, 2020
Kangana Ranaut, who has been at loggerheads with Kashyap over many issues, also tweeted saying, “Every voice matters.”
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 19, 2020
“I don’t indulge in such behaviour in public or otherwise. Neither do I tolerate such behaviour,” tweeted Anurag Kashyap . In a long thread on Twitter posted in Hindi, Kashyap wrote, “It took you so long to make an attempt to silence me. Never mind… in a bid to silence me, you have dragged another woman in this, despite being a woman. Please stick to the limits, Madame. All I want to say is all allegations are baseless.” The rest of the tweet is detailed below.
या कोई भी प्रेमिका या वो बहुत सारी अभिनेत्रियाँ जिनके साथ मैंने काम किया है , या वो पूरी लड़कियों और औरतों की टीम जो हमेशा मेरे साथ काम करती आयीं हैं , या वो सारी औरतें जिनसे मैं मिला बस , अकेले में या जनता के बीच -३/४
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) September 19, 2020
Kolkata girl Payal Ghosh recently made her debut into Hindi film industry. She acted in Telugu films like Prayanam, Oosaraveli and others.
Kashyap further explained in his tweet: “Whether it’s my first wife or second, or a girlfriend… or all those actresses who worked with me… or all those female colleagues who have been working with me… I don’t indulge in such behaviour in public or otherwise. Neither do I tolerate such behaviour. Rest, whatever happens… let’s see. In the video, you can figure how true the allegations are… otherwise, just love and good wishes for you. Apologies for replying to you in Hindi for your accusations in English.”
Ghosh also talked about the ongoing issue of usage of drugs by Bollywood stars. According to this report in the Times of India, she said, “Not everyone in Bollywood is into drugs. They are many people who are health conscious and take their diet and fitness pretty seriously. However, there are some personalities in the Hindi film fraternity who are on drugs. They think that they will be intoxicated and remain thin & slim. This kind of mentality is not only dangerous to actors themselves but also to their fans and followers as they would consider the former as role models. This needs to be stopped as there is a large influence of celeb behaviour on the commoners.”
Who is Anurag Kashyap?
Behind many major Bollywood films, Anurag Kashyap is the director of the series of films titled Gangs of Wasseypur. More recently he is the co-director of Netflix series Sacred Games.
He also posted on Instagram a statement by his lawyer.
Kashyap recently spoke about his struggle with drugs, why Bollywood and the drug nexus are in the news and who others in the film industry used some form of drugs. Below is the interview.
@anuragkashyap72 speaks about being called a "Charsi"
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) September 19, 2020