Mrunal Thakur didn't want 'Super 30' to suffer after Vikas Bahl's #MeToo allegations
Reliance Entertainment conducted an inquiry in the sexual harassment case and gave a clean chit to the director.
By PTI |
MUMBAI: Actor Mrunal Thakur says she did not want "Super 30" to be affected by the sexual harassment allegations surrounding its director Vikas Bahl as many people worked hard on the project. The "Queen" director was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee at the now dissolved Phantom Films, which had Bahl as one of the partners alongside Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.
Last month, Bahl was given a clean chit in the sexual harassment case following an internal inquiry by Reliance Entertainment, producer of "Super 30".
When asked whether the allegations against Bahl disturbed her, Mrunal told , "I thought about it but I realised, 'what's the fault of the film?' The story is so wonderful, I have seen everyone working hard, while we were filming, everything was ok.
"I didn't want the film to be affected. I'm glad that after everything, things have been cleared and the film is releasing on July 12. Every film goes through ups and downs, I'm glad the film is getting what it deserves," she added.
2018: The Year When #MeToo Shook India
2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men in positions of power. And it began in October with actress Tanushree Dutta accusing actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for the 2008 film 'Horn Ok Please'.
What followed was a series of posts by other women who shared their experiences with the world. From actors, film directors to advertising top guns, artists and writers and politicians, women professionals called out obnoxious behaviour at the workplace. From unwanted attention in the office to sexual innuendos on the film set, there were many kinds of allegations that surfaced.
While some of these are still struggling in the industry amidst the allegations, some succeeded in getting a clean chit from authorities. Recently, rumours surfaced that Patekar has been given a clean chit. However, the 'Aashiq Banaya Aapne' actress quashed the rumours. However, director Vikas Bahl, who was one of the prime accusees, has been set free from all charges against him. The internal complaints committee of Reliance Entertainment, today, set the 'Queen' director free, who was accused by an employee of Phantom films under the #MeToo movement.
(In Pic: From top left, Nana Patekar, Aditi Mittal, Subhash Ghai, Anirban Das Blah. From bottom left, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Jatin Das, Vikas Bahl)
2018 saw the rise of the #MeToo movement in India. Inspired by a global campaign against sexual harassment and assault, women across the spectrum opened up and shared their stories about abuse by men..
Former actress Tanushree Dutta in September accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her during the shooting of their 2008 film 'Horn Ok Pleassss'. Dutta went on to say that she had brought up the complaint 10 years ago when the incident occurred, but no action was taken.
The actress also said that she was supposed to do a solo number for the film, but Patekar decided to join in and perform intimate dance steps that made her uncomfortable.
Patekar denied the allegations and sent a legal notice to the actress, who filed a police complaint against the actor and the film's choreographer Ganesh Acharya, producer Samee Siddiqui and director Rakesh Sarang.
Meanwhile, Rakhi Sawant who had replaced Dutta in the song for the film, then accused her of taking drugs on the set. Dutta slapped a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Sawant.
(In Pic: On the left Nana Patekar, on the right is Tanushree Dutta)
Former actress Tanushree Dutta in September accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her during the shooting of their 2008 film 'Horn Ok Pleassss'. Dutta went on to say that she had brought up the ..
Alok Nath, known for his popular on-screen portrayals, found himself in the midst of the #MeToo controversy after writer-director Vinta Nanda accused him of rape. Actress Sandhya Mridul also alleged that he had made sexual advances towards her during a shoot.
Nanda had alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago. Nath, however, refuted the allegations and filed a civil defamation suit against Nanda. Nath's wife Ashu had also recorded her statement in court against Nanda and sought defamation against the writer-director.
Mridul, while slamming Nath for causing agony, praised Tanushree Dutta and Vinta Nanda for their courage to come forward and urged others to not be ashamed and ‘keep this fire going.’
(In Pic: From the left, Vinta Nanda, Alok Nath and Sandhya Mridul)
Alok Nath, known for his popular on-screen portrayals, found himself in the midst of the #MeToo controversy after writer-director Vinta Nanda accused him of rape. Actress Sandhya Mridul also allege..
On October 6, hours after Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Matena and Vikas Bahl announced the decision to dissolve their production house Phantom Films, director Bahl was accused of sexual harassment by a former employee.
The victim who had worked on the production house's film 'Bombay Velvet' recalled her ordeal with Bahl in 2015. Soon after, Kashyap and Motwane went on record to say that they were informed about the allegations by the employee and detailed the backdoor deliberation that took place in order to punish their partner. Their statement led to Bahl filing a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against them. The 'Queen' director also demanded interim action from the court seeking to restrain Kashyap and Motwane from making statements against him to media or through social media.
While the woman had earlier refused to take any legal action saying that she stands by her claims, the former partners continued to fight it out in court.
However, today, the director was set free of the allegations against him.
(In Pic: Top left is Vikas Bahl, top right is Vikramaditya Motwane, bottom left is Anurag Kashyap, bottom right is Kangana Ranaut)
On October 6, hours after Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Madhu Matena and Vikas Bahl announced the decision to dissolve their production house Phantom Films, director Bahl was accused of sexua..
Sajid Khan had to step down from 'Houseful 4' after multiple allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced against the Bollywood director. His close friend and aide in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar also chose to not support him and decided not to shoot if Khan was on-board.
On October 11, an aspiring actress, Saloni Chopra had posted a detailed account of the harrowing time she had with Khan.
A freelance journalist also claimed that Khan had exposed himself when she was interviewing him in the early 2000s. After the allegations, Khan stepped down from the upcoming comedy 'Housefull 4'. The movie, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and being distributed by Fox Star Studios, is the latest entry in a franchise that began in 2010. Khan has directed two of the previous three films.
Priyanka Bose, who has acted in critically acclaimed films including 'Lion', 'Gulaab Gang', and 'Half Ticket' among others, opened up about the incident that allegedly took place when Khan had called her for an audition. She detailed the incident and shared that soon after when she narrated the incident to her partner, he asked him to quit right away. She has been quoted as saying, “He called me for an audition. The text from his assistant read, “Should be comfortable in a bikini.” When I landed up with the required clothing, no sides were given.”
Mandana Karimi alleged that Khan made inappropriate remarks when she visited his office to discuss a role in his 2014 film 'Humshakals'. The actress said that Khan had asked her to remove her clothes, in order for her to get the part.
(In Pic: Top left Sajid Khan, top right Saloni Chopra, bottom left Priyanka Bose, bottom right Mandana Karimi)
Sajid Khan had to step down from 'Houseful 4' after multiple allegations of sexual impropriety surfaced against the Bollywood director. His close friend and aide in Bollywood, Akshay Kumar also cho..
An actress accused director Luv Ranjan of harassing her in 2010. While Ranjan denied the allegations, she claimed that he had asked her to strip at the audition of 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama'. Ranjan responded to the allegations by issuing a statement in which he said, “This has probably been the longest day of my life. Since the time I have read the allegations, I have been wanting to react to them. I have been wanting to shout out loud that everyone has gone mad. I have been wanting to scream that I am not this man. I have been wanting to clear my name. Friends and Family have shown great support, support that has made me indebted to them for life.
Iranian model-turned-actress Mandana Karimi, who had earlier accused filmmaker Sajid Khan, also alleged sexual misconduct allegations on 'Kya Kool Hain Hum 3’ director Umesh Ghadge. She said that while she was already selected for the part by producer Ekta Kapoor, Ghadge kept saying that he did not want her in the film.
(In Pic: On the left, Luv Ranjan and on the right Umesh Ghadge)
An actress accused director Luv Ranjan of harassing her in 2010. While Ranjan denied the allegations, she claimed that he had asked her to strip at the audition of 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama'. Ranjan respon..
Writer-lyricist-comedian Varun Grover was accused of ‘touching’ a fellow student inappropriately while studying at IT-BHU, Varanasi in 2001. Grover refuted the anonymous accusation that surfaced on Twitter and called it completely “misleading” and “defamatory”. The lyricist denied being ‘involved in any such incident with anybody’ in his entire life. The 'Sacred Games' writer also mentioned that he supports the #MeToo movement and called his case an isolated small one in a bigger wave.
An assistant director in Bollywood accused Sham Kaushal (actor Vicky Kaushal's father) of showing her a pornographic clip on his phone during an outdoor shoot in 2006. Two other film professionals also accused the action director of sexual misconduct in the past. Following the allegations, Kaushal issued an 'unconditional apology' for “unintentionally causing any hurt or anguish”. Actor, writer, poet Piyush Mishra was also accused of sexual harassment.
A former newspaper staffer had accused actor Mishra of inappropriate behaviour during a party but the writer-director said he was probably a "few drinks down" and apologised for having made the "lady uncomfortable". Mishra said in his response that he had read the allegations made about him and forwarded to him by a few journalists. "I do not remember the stated incident as I was probably a few drinks down. But nevertheless I would like to extend my apology for making the lady uncomfortable either with my words or actions".
(In Pic: From the left, Varun Grover, Sham Kaushal, Piyush Mishra)
Writer-lyricist-comedian Varun Grover was accused of ‘touching’ a fellow student inappropriately while studying at IT-BHU, Varanasi in 2001. Grover refuted the anonymous accusation that surfaced on..
Casting director Mukesh Chhabra, who was all set to make his directorial debut with the Hindi remake of 'The Fault in our Stars', was suspended from the film over sexual harassment allegations by multiple women.
In a statement released by the production house, Fox Star Studios, said till the time Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company concludes its inquiry into the allegations, the director would remain suspended.
Four aspiring actors had also accused Chhabra, and another casting director Vicky Sadana, of harassing them during the audition.
(In Pic: On the left Mukesh Chhabra, and on the right is Vicky Sadana)
Casting director Mukesh Chhabra, who was all set to make his directorial debut with the Hindi remake of 'The Fault in our Stars', was suspended from the film over sexual harassment allegations by mul..
AIB originators Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba made news after the comic group were hit by charges of lewd behaviour against individuals. Bhat was pulled up for inaction against essayist-entertainer Utsav Chakraborty. AIB had issued an announcement sentencing Chakraborty and vowed to not work with him in future.
Soon after, video streaming service Hotstar announced that it was cancelling the production of the third season of 'On Air with AIB'.
(In Pic: From left, Utsav Chakroborty, Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba)
AIB originators Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba made news after the comic group were hit by charges of lewd behaviour against individuals. Bhat was pulled up for inaction against essayist-entertaine..
It was not just the men who were at the centre of the #MeToo row. Kaneez Surekha (right) accused fellow comedian Aditi Mittal (left) of sexually harassing her when she had hosted a comedy show in Mumbai two years ago. Kaneez said that Aditi had kissed her without consent and later tried to gaslight her by saying it never happened.
The comedian also explained how she was triggered to tell her story because Aditi, she felt, was being championed by many on social media for voicing her support towards the movement.
It was not just the men who were at the centre of the #MeToo row. Kaneez Surekha (right) accused fellow comedian Aditi Mittal (left) of sexually harassing her when she had hosted a comedy show in Mum..
"Super 30" is a biopic on Anand Kumar, a mathematics teacher from Bihar who opened a coaching institute to help underprivileged students prepare for competitive exams.
The trailer of the film was criticised for making Hrithik Roshan's face brown but Mrunal believes it was does to bring authenticity to the portrayal.
"More than the hair and the make up, what is important is to feel the character. I feel Hrithik has done an incredible job. Whenever I saw a glimpse of his performance as Anand Kumar, I thoroughly connected and enjoyed.
"I want people to just watch the film. To be honest, even I was tanned three shades darker in 'Love Sonia'. The fact that people were able to connect to my character was very important. Why should we not have that kind of make up?"
The actor said Hrithik was tanned even in "Agneepath" but nobody said anything at that time.
"We forget how great a performer he is because of his looks. He has felt the character thoroughly. Hair, make up, costumes, these are just devices. What is important for an actor is to feel the character, something which he has done in an incredible way," she said.