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22 Sep

Bollywood actresses defend Anurag Kashyap amid Payal Ghosh’s sexual assault allegations

Anurag Kashyap

Renowned Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has been accused of sexual assault by actress Payal Ghosh, and the his fraternity and the internet have differing opinions over the matter.

The lawyer of Anurag, Priyanka Khimani has issued a press statement on his client’s behalf that was also shared on the filmmaker’s social media accounts. The statement completely denies Ghosh’s allegations and label them as fake and dishonest.



Taking to Twitter, actress Kangana Ranaut who is quite active on social media these days, showed support for Payal, claiming that it is a norm in Bollywood to treat newcomer girls with no backing, like sex workers. She even shed some insight about Anurag’s character as not being ‘monogamous’.



Although many believe Anurag is guilty, others have come out to openly support the filmmaker on social media. Actresses who have previously worked with the director like Taapsee Pannu and Mahie Gill have strongly condemned the allegations made by Payal and are supporting the director.



Now, other actresses have joined too like Anjana Sukhani, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla and late Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan’s son Babil have also spoken up in support of Anurag Kashyap.



Anjana Sukhani took to Twitter and posted that there is no way Anurag can do such an act with a woman.



Radhika Apte used her Instagram to show her support, claiming that there is mutual respect among the two and described him as her close and trusted friend, in the presence of whom she felt secure. The Sacred Games actress wrote:

“Anurag Kashyap you have been one of my closest friends, you have inspired me and always supported me. You have always treated me as an equal and I cherish the mutual love and respect we have for each other. I have always felt immensely secure in your presence since the day I’ve known you. You have been and always will be.”



Meanwhile, Surveen Chawla shared a couple of tweets, in which she shared her support and dismissed the allegations.




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Anurag’s former wife, Kalki Koechlin also wrote a note for him and posted on her social media.



On another front, Richa Chadha has issued a legal notice to Payal Ghosh for dragging her name in these #MeToo allegations. Payal dragged the name of Huma Qureshi, Richa Chadha and Mahie Gill.



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Like the celebrities, the opinions of netizens differ in this matter too, with many asking to take strict action against Anurag, while others are coming in support of the filmmaker.

One user, Gaurav Mishra, shared his thoughts on the harsh reality of Bollywood.



And, an account titled Insaaf Ke Sipahi cited another inappropriate action by the filmmaker.



While Pranav Kashyap is demanding immediate action against Anurag.



Another netizen, Rahul Easwar is showing support for the filmmaker.





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