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Bollywood Supports Anurag Kashyap in the Payal Ghosh Controversy

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Anurag Kashyap, who was accused by actress Payal Ghosh of sexual harassment, has found support across the Hindi film industry. When Payal Ghosh took to Twitter say Kashyap ‘forced himself’ on her, the tweet was contested by a slew of actors and actresses including ex-wives of Kashyap, Kalki Koechlin and Aarti Bajaj.

Many celebrities spoke up to support Kashyap and slammed allegations made by Ghosh with the hashtag #IStandWithAnuragKashyap. Here are all those Bollywood stars who are supporting him.

Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin, ex-wife of Anurag Kashyap, spoke out in his defence saying on Instagram, “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 also called Kashyap a champion of women’s rights, both on and off-screen, who never discriminates. 

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Aarti Bajaj

Aarti Bajaj is the first wife of Anurag Kashyap who also supported him. She wrote on social media, “First wife here... You are a rockstar @anuragkashyap10. 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.”

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Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu came out in support with an Instagram post calling him ‘the biggest feminist I know’. She wrote, “For you, my friend, are the biggest feminist I know. See you on the sets soon of yet another piece of art that shows how powerful and significant women are in the world you create.”

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Babil Khan

Late actor Irrfan Khan’s son Babil Khan shared a post on Instagram in support of  Kashyap. He said that it’s a shame that the #MeToo movement is being misused against a person who has been crusading for ‘equality in an excruciatingly patriarchal industry’. He further added that such ‘baseless accusations’ are only diluting the seriousness of the movement.

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Also Read: Smriti Irani Responds to Payal Ghosh’s Allegations against Anurag Kashyap

Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte worked with him in Lust Stories. She shared a post saying, “you have been one of my closest friends, you have inspired me and always supported me. You have always treated me as an equal and I cherish the mutual love and respect we have for each other. I have always felt immensely secure in your presence since the day I’ve known you. You have been and always will be my trusted friend. Love ya”

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Anubhav Sinha

Anubhav Sinha is a famous Indian film director. He tweeted in support of Kashyap and wrote, “It is the joint responsibility of women and men both to carefully protect the sanctity of #MeTooindia. It is a very very very important movement that should not be misused for any other reason but the dignity of women.”

Surveen Chawla

Surveen Chawla, actor from Parched and Hate Story 2, said on Twitter, “Let them creep. Let them crawl. U my friend as always stand tall. These false flag bearers of feminism…Opportunism???”

She shared another tweet and wrote, “Ur life, ur work and the women u create with ur craft…speak volumes about u. I have the privilege to know the real feminist in u, I take the honour my friend to stand for u @anuragkashyap72.”

Jaydeep Sarkar

Jaydeep Sarkar, Kashyap’s former assistant, shared a series of tweets talking about Kashyap. Sarkar shared an incident of years ago when he was working with him and a young actress offered ‘casting couch’ to the director in return for a role.

Sagrika Giri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV

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