After actress Payal Ghosh accused Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of harassing her sexually, MeToo issue has once again cropped up in film industry.
Kasthuri said, “Actress Payal Ghosh has accused Anurag Kashyap of sexual assault. Legal view: Allegations of sexual assault without tangible or corroborative evidence are near impossible to prove. But They can ruin either one or all of the names involved. Nothing Good.”
When one of the social media users asked the actress if she would be reacting the same way if such a thing had happened to someone close to her, Kasthuri said, “What close to me, it has happened to me. It is how it is. #behindcloseddoors.”
“So I have complete sympathy for victims of sexual harassment. But My personal view is not law. The due process of law is designed to discourage fake allegations and must therefore stay reliant on evidence,” she added.
Talking about MeToo, she said, “The #metoo movement has offered extralegal solace to victims. In many countries, #metoo has been hijacked by gold diggers. In India, not seen anything come out of it except grief for the whistle blowers. I still remain hopeful that justice will prevail and truth will triumph.”
Meanwhile, Huma Qureshi, who acted with superstar Rajinikanth in Kaala and is currently acting with Ajith in Valimai, said, “Anurag and I last worked together in 2012-2013 and he is a dear friend and en extremely talented director.
In my personal experience and to my knowledge he has neither misbehaved with me or anyone else. However, anyone who claims to be abused must report it to authorities, the police and the judiciary.”
I chose not to comment till now because I don’t believe in social media fights and media trials. I feel really angry at being dragged into this mess.
I feel angry not just for myself but also every woman whose years of hard work and struggle gets reduced to such baseless conjecture and allegations in their workplace. Please let’s refrain from this narrative,” she added.
“It is the joint responsibility of women and men both to carefully protect the sanctity of #MeToo. This is my final response. Please do not approach me to make any more statements on this matter,” Huma said.