‘Queen’ director Vikas Bahl accused of molesting co-worker

In a shocking report, filmmaker Vikas Bahl, best known for his National Award winning film ‘Queen’ has been accused of allegedly molesting a female colleague during a trip to Goa. The incident happened a few months ago, resulting in the director’s ouster from Phantom Films, where he was a shareholder along with Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena, and Vikramaditya Motwane.

The matter was brought to the notice of other partners of Phantom Films, but soon it reached to Reliance Entertainment, which has a 50:50 partnership with Phantom Films. A meeting was called as per the Vishakha guidelines to hear the victim out, after which the ‘Shaandaar’ director was formally asked to step down as a shareholder on March 28.

However, Vikas Bahl, who is currently in Delhi looking after his ailing mother, has denied all these allegations, and so does his partner Madhu Mantena. The 45-year-old filmmaker told Mumbai Mirror over phone, “Nothing has happened. I am running the company. There is no complaint to HR and there is no Vishakha committee. I have heard about this particular lady you are speaking about and the Goa incident. She is not my employee. Yes, I am friends with her, we have worked together and there is a production job we have done together…but if she is feeling like this I would like to sit across a table from her and talk to her.”

“I want to ask her if I have crossed a line, whether I have done anything to hurt her and if she feels that way I would like to apologise for it. I have known her for long. For two-and-half years she has never made me feel as if she is uncomfortable (around me). I have worked very hard to be the person I have become. I do feel a little victimised but I don’t know what to do about that,” he added.

Meanwhile, there has been no official statement in this regard from any of the directors of Phantom films.