Vikas Bahl Files Rs 10 Crore Defamation Suit Against Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane

| October 18 , 2018 , 14:44 IST

Amid the #MeToo furore, filmmaker Vikas Bahl has filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against his former Phantom Films partners Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane in the Bombay High Court on Tuesday.

Justice Kathawalla, while adjourning the matter on Thursday noted that while the #MeToo movement was good, there should be guidelines in place so that authorities know how to handle such cases.

The judge passed no order on Bahl's plea.

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Bahl, in the filed suit, sought direction from the court to hold back the two from making any statements about him to the media or by means of social media.

The Queen fame director Bahl was last year accused of sexual harassment by a former employee. The unidentified woman employee alleged that Bahl sexually assaulted her in Goa during a promotional tour for the movie "Bombay Velvet" in 2015.

The accusations resurfaced as the #MeToo movement gathered muscle in India. Motwane came out in support of the allegations and called Bahl a “sexual offender” and Kashyap also supported the accusations through his twitter handle.

Bahl in his defence said the defendants are “taking advantage of the ongoing #MeToo movement in the country”.

Bahl had recently stepped down as director of the film Super 30 starring Hrithik Roshan, who had refused to work with people accused of sexual harassment.

The trio has treated us with movies like Lootera, Hasee Toh Phasee, Queen and Udta Punjab, as well as the web series Sacred Games, under the banner of Phantom Films. The company’s dissolution was announced earlier this month.