Actress Payal Ghosh who made her film debut in 2017 with Rishi Kapoor-Paresh Rawal starrer ‘Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi’, made headlines on Saturday after she accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of sexual harassment. Payal took to Twitter to open up against Anurag. She also tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her tweet, requesting him to take action against the filmmaker.
In a recent statement she said that initially she was very impressed with Anurag Kashyap, but later the filmmaker made her feel uncomfortable. Speaking to ANI, the actress said, “He made me feel uncomfortable. I felt bad about it, whatever happened shouldn’t have happened. If someone approaches you for work, it doesn’t mean the person is prepared for anything.”
Speaking about the incident, Payal had said in an interview, “The first time I met him was at his office in Aram Nagar, Versova. The second time I met him was at his residence. We spoke in general about films and the film industry. Then he called me again to his house and this time, that is on the third occasion, he tried to force himself upon me. I did not raise an alarm but pleaded with him that he should let me go as I would return again some other time.”
She maintained her stance while speaking to ETimes and said, “I have wanted to speak about this for a long time. But today, finally I thought I must get it off my head. I had tweeted about my incident sometime ago when the #MeToo movement had happened, but many people told me to delete the tweet else I would stop getting work. My manager too advised me to remove the tweet. I complied. Post that, Anurag blocked me on WhatsApp.”
She finally mentioned it through a tweet which read “Anurag Kashyap has forced himself on me and extremely badly. PMO India, Narendra Modi, kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. Pls help.”
Anurag Kashyap had responded to the allegations in a series of Twitter posts and termed them as baseless. “I do not engage in such behavior or tolerate it. Whatever happens we shall see,” the filmmaker had shared.