I’ll fight filth & get filthy: Vikram Bhatt slams KRK for obscene comments

Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, who recently filed a defamation case against Kamaal Rashid Khan aka KRK, has slammed the self-proclaimed filmmaker-critic-actor for his relentless abuse and lewed remarks about Bollywood actresses on social media.

It all started when KRK said distasteful things about Vikram Bhatt and his ‘1920 London’ heroine Meera Chopra. Following this, the ‘Love Games’ director slapped a defamation suit against KRK. Being the unabashed person that he is, KRK called war on Vikram and tweed, “Now I will reveal in the court how Vikram Bhatt tried to supply Meera Chopra to a well-known producer by many dirty tricks.”

Now the filmmaker has taken it upon himself "to fight filth and get filthy" to make KRK pay for his unabashed bullying and outrageous comments about Bollywood actresses. Vikram Bhatt wrote a long, well-worded and moving message on his Facebook page expressing anger against KRK and that the industry should not ignore his bullying and abuses.

In his note titled ‘KAMAAL R. KHAN AND MY IMMINENT MUD WRESTLE!’, Bhatt wrote that KRK called him “a fraud, a pimp and other unsavory names” in the latter’s review of ‘1920 London’. It didn’t bother him, but his family was hurt and his daughter was crying.

“When you don't stand up and fight the rumors that are being perpetrated about you, your silence gives these rumors the fodder they need to seem like the truth to the people around you. I knew then that I had to fight, if not for for anything else then at least my daughter's tears,” the post read.

Bhatt further wrote that when his friends and colleagues came to know about the defamation suit, the advised him against continuing with this fight. “When you fight filth you get filthy yourself, they warned, and they are right. But by the time the defamation notice reached Mr Khan, something had changed,” he wrote.

Bhatt had wanted to take KRK to court for his lewed comments, but people around him told that unless the ladies about whom the comments are made, file a complaint first, he cannot fight a case against KRK. However, his lawyer friend Rizwan Siddiquee told him “even if the ladies concerned decided to not confront the issue, we could. So we have!” Bhatt said in the post.

He also listed a few of the many obscene comments made by KRK about Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra, Huma Qureshi, Nargis Fakhri, Ali Bhatt and others. Citing his grandfather Vijay Bhatt’s film ‘Ram Rajya’, he wrote, “I am no Ram, in fact far from it. But I have decided to go to the heart of this evil to bring back what is good. If I have to fight filth and get filthy, then so be it. But fight I must!

“We must fight because all those who found Salman Khan’s one comment on rape distasteful have been quiet about this man for years. I don't understand why... We must fight because the NGOs and the Women’s Commission which should safeguard the ladies of my fraternity have not found anything disrespectful about this man's comments. I don't understand why... We must fight because the people who fight for the deletion of cuss words in our films have no problems with cuss words being used in real life. I don't understand why...

“I write this not because I seek any kind of support for my fight... I write this not because I crave any brownie points... I write this not because I need to justify my stand... I write this because I know that there are many like me out there and I want to say to them that it is all right to feel righteous rage.... That when we don't stand for anything, we fall for everything.”

Ending the note, Bhatt wrote, “My defamation suit is suddenly not important. This fight has stopped being about me now. The film fraternity has been a source of livelihood for my family for generations. This is the least I can do to say, "Thank you."