With Tanushree Dutta opening up about the sexual harassment she faced by Nana Patekar during the filming of dance sequence of Horn Ok Pleasss, the #MeToo movement has finally entered in India. Women who were initially hesitant to share the horrified incidents of their lives have gathered courage to speak about the same in the public. Many from the film fraternity have supported this movement and are stating that it was overdue. Among the set of celebrities who have been accused by far are Vikas Bahl, Rajat Kapoor, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Gaurang Doshi, Zulfi Syed, Chetan Bhagat and AIB Comedians. When director Vikas Bahl's name popped up in public many were shocked to come across the same. The man who has been women centric films like Queen was accused by not one but three women of sexual harassment.
While his name getting embroiled in this controversy came as a shock to many, actor Imran Khan who made his debut in B-town with Jaane Tu Ya Jaana was familiar with Bahl's behaviour. Talking to Indian Express, the 35-year-old revealed how he got to know about the filmmaker's antics from three actresses of the industry. Without naming the three, he went on to say, "Everyone is talking about Vikas Bahl. I have heard his stories from three other actresses. Ranging from inappropriate touching to straight up saying that if you were cast in the film, what will I get in return. Again, I am telling you what I know directly through the actresses or from the industry. The story of this girl (in case of Vikas Bahl) came somewhere a year ago, if I am not wrong."
"Everyone in the film industry knew. I was at a social gathering 5-6 months ago, with a lot of people and the conversation came about MeToo movement in Hollywood. At a point, I said what about Bollywood. The Vikas Bahl matter was brushed under the carpet, a few weeks after the news first appeared. I saw him smiling, posing for pictures with every celebrity in the industry. At that point, he started making a film with Hrithik (Roshan). I was like how is it in Hollywood a culprit is shunned but here he was making a proper film. Everyone was socializing with him. So, I brought it up at the party and realised only I was only odd one there," he added.
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