Filmmaker Vikas Bahl who rose to fame after his film Queen has landed in a major trouble. If reports are to be believed, a colleague of the director claims to have been allegedly molested by him.
After which Vikas has been ousted from Phantom Films. Reportedly, Bahl molested his female colleague during a trip to Goa few months back.
The matter was brought in front of the heads, Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena and Vikramaditya Motwane, but soon escalated to Reliance Entertainment with whom Phantom has a 50:50 partnership.This resulted in the company setting up a committee as per the Vishakha guidelines to hear the victim out.
Over the same case, an anonymous stakeholder commented, “We (Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films) have taken a hard stand, based on what we have heard and investigated.” The filmmaker was formally asked to step down as a shareholder on March 28. “The decision needed to be taken because it was getting too much,“ said the stakeholder. “There are not one, two or three but multiple victims. I was in the middle of a film shoot when I came to know about the first incident and I had to stop my shoot and come to Mumbai…there is (after all) a young girl on whom an intoxicated Vikas forced himself while they were in Goa. He has behaved badly in the past as well but when this specific complaint came, we needed to act on it.”
Although Madhu Mantena, one of the stakeholders in Phantom has refuted reports of the incident, the filmmaker has been told to step down. Currently, Vikas is in Delhi, attending to his ailing mother. None of the other board members have reacted to the news and choose to keep mum.