People like you make the world a better place,” writes Ali Fazal for fiancee Richa Chadha in the middle of the Anurag Kashyap controversy. On Instagram, he said, “the battles you’ve fought to create an equal society which isn’t fractured by hate . And within that to be able to champion women all along … and keep your art at par with the best, takes courage and nerves of steel.”
Here’s his full post for fiancee Richa Chadha on Instagram:
My love, you, who has stood up for women time and time again, today had to go through this ordeal. And yet, you come out strong as ever. My partner , your resilience, your kindness, and empathy have touched many people, and i have had the fortune of being witness to that over the time ive known you . The battles you’ve fought to create an equal society which isn’t fractured by hate . And within that to be able to champion women all along … and keep your art at par with the best, takes courage and nerves of steel. I am so proud of you because i know you wont stop standing up for those in need, specially women who’ve lost their voices within the many patriarchal set ups we face today the world over.
I believe every voice must be heard. I believe in dissent. But I also believe in the power of truth and justice. They indeed prevail. I believe in using our right to speak up but with utmost responsibility. I believe that we as a society need to empower our women so that their fearless voices echo in all its glory and yet with care and gentleness. I say this today, not because you’re my partner but because people like you make the world a better place and we need you. . Love you .
Ali Fazal wrote this while reposting Richa Chadha’s statement from her lawyers for being pulled into the Payal Ghosh – Anurag Kashyap row. In the last few days Ghosh, a Telugu and Hindi film actor, has accused Kashyap, a director of Bollywood films, of ‘forcing himself’ on her. All this broke loose on Twitter taking the film industry by storm. Many women include Kashyap’s ex-wives Kalki Koechlin and Aarti Bajaj spoke up to support him and talked of his character. Actor Taapsee Pannu, who has done iconic films like Thappad, also called him “the biggest feminist I know.”
Ghosh in an interview to ABN Telugu, accused Anurag Kashyap of sexual assault. In the same interview she named Richa Chadha and two other actress – Mahie Gill and Huma Qureshi – by claiming that the filmmaker had described them as “just a call away.” Richa Chadha was quick to file a formal statement on Ghosh’s remarks and shared her lawyer’s statement about taking legal action against the Ghosh. The statement is below.