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Phantom films was started by 4 acclaimed filmmakers – Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl and Madhu Mantena. Four of the filmmakers decided to go on their separate paths because of the major turn of events on March 2017. The company have produced some of the most defining movies like ‘Lootera’, ‘Queen’, ‘NH10’, ‘Masaan’, ‘Udta Punjab’ and many more.
Anurag Kashyap has finally opened up on the hard decision that had to be made, the decision not to work with Phantom-partner and director Vikas Bahl. On this, the ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ director spoke, “Vikas and I are not on talking terms; everything else is a rumour.”
The ‘Queen’ director was accused of harassment by a female worker at Phantom productions. As per the reports, the trouble between the two erupted because of this sensitive issue. To this, the Anurag spoke that, “My stand on this is the same as it was back then. Vikas works in the company, he is a partner and nothing against him has been proven. But mutually, we’ve decided that we will work separately, in separate premises.
Further talking about the sensitive issue of physical abuse, Anurag said:
“I have also been through abuse, but somewhere, we have conditioned ourselves to believe that abuse comes with the rite of passage. I was a boy when I was abused. When I tried speaking about it, people said, ‘Hota hai yaar’. What does that even mean? No one ever addresses these things. When I addressed it at the age of 19, I was the only one who did it. My friends and the school got upset, saying, ‘Tu sabko badnaam kar raha hai.’ There are very few people who take a stand in such matters and this will take a long time to change. Har aadmi rumour mein baat karta hai.”
“I have fought these battles so many times. In a recent case from another company, I had to protect a girl, who named her perpetrator, and a committee was also set up. She was threatened and I got her under my wing to protect her. Those responsible for her suffering were fired from the company. The matter was thoroughly investigated and that company was prompt in taking action. It’s the only case I know where someone stood up” Kashyap said.
Though he further cleared the air by continuing, “We will continue making films together but I see no point in making him uncomfortable. We can work in different set-ups. I don’t feel the need to sort anything out, because no one came forward to say or prove anything, at that time.”
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Author: Srinanti Bagchi
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