Kangana Ranaut has called on the police authorities to arrest Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in the alleged rape case levelled against him. Ranaut accuses the Maharashtra government of being selective in taking action against those accused of wrongdoings.
Ranaut has been extending her support to the alleged victim and had earlier said Anurag Kashyap was “very much capable” of sexual assault.
While the National Commission of Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma asked the actress to submit a written complaint, Kashyap received support from his colleagues in the film industry. On September 27, the actress and her lawyer visited the Versova police station to demand that the complaint be investigated on a priority basis. She also threatened to start a hunger strike unless police arrested Kashyap soon.
On September 28, the alleged victim met the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale, who later announced that his party, the RPI, would launch an agitation if Kashyap was not arrested within a week.
The Bollywood producer and director maintains the allegations against him are an “attempt to silence” him, and simply undermine the seriousness of the #MeToo movement, which hit the film industry last year. He has received support from many in the film fraternity, including his ex-wife Kalki Koechlin, who told him to “hang on to that dignity”.
Support for Anurag Kashyap steamrolls
Actor Kalki Kanmani on Monday shared a lengthy statement of support for former partner Anurag Kashyap. Kashyap has been accused of sexual misconduct by actor Payal Ghosh.
Urging the filmmaker to stay strong and maintain his dignity in the ‘virtual bloodbath,’ Kalki wrote, “Dear Anurag, don’t let this social media circus get to you, you have fought for the freedom of women in your scripts, you have defended their integrity in your professional space as well as in your personal life. I have been witness to it. In the personal and professional space, you have always seen me as your equal. You have stood up for my integrity even after our divorce, and you have supported me when I felt unsafe in a work environment even before we got together. This strange time where everyone gets to abuse one another and make false claims without repercussions is a dangerous and repulsive one. It is destroying families, friends and countries. But there is a place of dignity that exists beyond this virtual bloodbath, a place of paying attention to the needs of those around you, a place of being kind even when no one is looking. And I know you are very familiar with that place. Hang on to that dignity, stay strong and keep doing the work you do. Love from an ex wife.”
Source inputs: Indian Express