He held me tightly, Kangana Ranaut accuses Vikas Bahl of harassment


After a former employee of Phantom Films accused director Vikas Bahl of molestation, Kangana Ranaut, who worked in ‘Queen’ with the director alleges him of harassment during the shooting of ‘Queen’.

In an interview with India Today, Kanagna Ranaut opened up , “Every time we met, socially greeted and hugged each other, he (Bahl) would bury his face in my neck, hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. It took me great amount of strength and effort to pull myself out of his embrace. He’d say ‘I love how you smell K’.”

The ‘Queen’ actor said Vikas Bahl would tell her on the set that “something is wrong with him.” Kangana added in the interview, “Even though Vikas was married back in 2014 when we were filming Queen, he bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every other day. I don’t judge people and their marriages but you can tell when addiction becomes sickness. He partied every night and shamed me for sleeping early and not being cool enough.”

Kangana went on to say that she has lost few projects after she decided to help the girl who accused Vikas Bahl. She told India Today. "At that time Vikas had come to me with a script about a gold medalist from Haryana. When I supported the girl, he stopped talking to me. I didn't mind losing out on a good script and I never called him either. I was determined to say what I felt wasright. The matter was pushed under the carpet and I didn't hear any updates on the same."

"I could tell something is wrong with him. I believe this girl. But what is sad, is that now that Phantom has been dissolved, many are attacking him, even though the girl asked for help long ago. At that time, the story was conveniently killed, but I supported her at that time as well. You can see my media interaction during one of my brand endorsement interactions. I thought the #MeToo movement would catch up but I was wrong," Kangana told India Today.  

Incidentally, Kangana's retorted on the same day when Anurag Kashyap announced that Phantom Films was dissolved. Commenting on the same, Kangana added, "It's amusing that after the news of Phantom dissolution many are finding the courage to attack him. Shame on such a society. Go look at yourselves in the mirror, bunch of cowards, attacking powerless men won't begin a movement. Either we do it or we don't. Let's not be opportunists. If we are a shit society, let's accept it, at least have that much honesty within yourself. Selective outrage will only serve as entertainment, this will just be tabloid gossip and nothing else."