Actress Payal Ghosh, who has done films such as Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi and Prayanam, on Saturday took to Twitter to accuse filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of forcing himself on her in an interview with ABN Telugu. Payal Ghosh claimed that after sexually harassing her, Anurag Kashyap had told her that "it is okay" because other actresses he has worked with like Huma Qureshi (Gangs Of Wasseypur) and Mahi Gill (Dev D) "are just a call away."
The 30-year-old actor tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her tweet, requesting him to take action against the filmmaker. Now, in an exclusive interaction with India TV, Payal Ghosh narrated how it took six years for her to come out and speak about the sexual harassment. The actress, who made her Hindi debut with Rishi Kapoor-Paresh Rawal starrer "Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi", also claimed that she doesn't need publicity as she has good work at hand. "I just wanted to share my bitter experience and let the world know the real face of the Bollywood industry," Payal added.
On being asked as to why she opened up about the matter after six long years, Payal Ghosh said, "I tried to say it before also, when the #MeToo movement had started, but my family and friends stopped me. 'You can't talk, your career will be spoiled,' they told me. I posted about this also, tagging Anurag, but deleted it."
Payal Ghosh has found support in National Commission for Women, with its chairperson Rekha Sharma assuring the actor that the NCW will take cognisance of the case.
WHAT ANURAG KASHYAP SAID
However, Anurag Kashyap has dismissed the allegations in a series of tweets and called them "an attempt to silence" him. In a tweet thread, Anurag Kashyap said, "Wow, it took you so long to make an attempt to silence me. Never mind... in a bid to silence me, you have dragged another woman in this, despite being a woman. Please stick to the limits, Madame. All I want to say is all allegations are baseless."
#MeToo movement had caught like fire in India too, film personalities like Alok Nath, Anu Malik, Nana Patekar, Subhash Ghai and Sajid Khan had been named.