I’ll Break Ties With Him Says Taapsee Pannu If Anurag Kashyap Is Found Guilty
Actor Taapsee Pannu, who came out in defence of the filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in response to the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled by actress Payal Ghosh, has said that she will “break all ties with him” if the filmmaker is found guilty.
I’ll be the first person to break ties with him: Pannu
In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Pannu said “If he is found guilty, I’ll be the first person to break all ties with him. But if the investigation is inconclusive, how can the sanctity of the #MeToo movement be sustained? How will real victims benefit from a power that’s come to us after years of suppression? It’s wrong for women to derail the movement. Abusing power isn’t gender-specific.”
On Saturday, Payal Ghosh had claimed that Anurag Kashyap had sexually harassed her in 2014. She tweeted that he had “forced himself on her.” Several celebrities had come out in support of Kashyap on Twitter. Pannu herself had said that “he is the biggest feminist I know.” “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 in the world you create,” she posted on Instagram.
Let the truth come out: Pannu
Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, she added, “Anurag has a lot of respect for women, never badmouths anyone even if that person hasn’t been kind to him in public. His is one of those rare sets where the number of women on the crew equals men, and they only have nice things to say about him. If someone has been harassed, let them initiate an investigation, let the truth come out.”
Richa Chadha, Mahie Gill and Huma Qureshi also supported Kashyap, bashing the allegations. The filmmaker’s ex-wives, Kalki Koechlin and Aarti Bajaj too expressed their confidence in him. While Bajaj said that ‘keep empowering women as you do’, Koechlin advised Kashyap, saying, ‘don’t let this social media circus get to you’.
In a series of tweets, the filmmaker dismissed the allegations, describing them as “an attempt to silence” him. The filmmaker is known for creating movies like Black Friday, Gangs of Wasseypur and the web series Sacred Games.
Recently, Anurag Kashyap’s former assistant Jaydeep Sarkar came out in his support too. On Twitter, he recalled an incident when years ago a young actress reportedly tried to suggest sexual favours in exchange for work, but the filmmaker walked out of the room.
Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV