New Delhi, Oct 10: In what could be seen as a fallout of the upsurge in the 'Me Too movement' , following the Tanushree Dutta Nana Patekar controversy, ace filmmaker Anurag Kashyap on Wednesday announced that in the wake of ongoing events, he has decided to step back from his duties as a board member from MAMI.
'In the light of the current events, I have decided to step back from my duties as a board member from MAMI until the shadow of doubt of our alleged complicitness in silence and not doing anything about it , is cleared,' the 'Gangs of Wasseypur' director said in a series of tweets.
Responding to charges that he remained silent all this while, Anurag said,'On the other hand I vehemently deny to have stayed silent on the issue & not doing anything about it for years. Can’t explain further to people who don’t understand due process, legalities. Have been resilient through all accusations , keep flinging them my way.'
Anurag also mentioned in his post that he had spoken about Vikas Bahl's misconduct long time back. 'The accused was named and shamed a long time back. For people who don’t read the details & only the headlines, I have no response. A lot of women work with me and have been around, I am answerable to them & they stand witness to our actions &our struggle to do the right thing,' he said.
The director also told how the incident has affected him in real life.
'In more than a year I have questioned myself a lot, reflected on every single date I went to, every interaction of mine with the opposite sex, every encounter all that I could recall,' the 'Manmarziyaan' director said.
'I feel like just apologising for being a man. I use to feel I have come a long way from growing up in a smalltown & today I feel like somehow I am still there. There is so much I really don’t see & also see others around me pretending to see & I feel ,'inko bhi kahan dikhta hai',' he said.
'And my greatest and simplest learning is that the line of consent is not just defined by 'No', most times it's before that 'No' is uttered. And the line of consent depends on the person that owns the consent. It varies from person to person,' he said.
Vikas Bahl has been accused for alleged sexual abuse and Phantom Films, the production house he co-owned with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena has been dissolved. (UNI)