Hansal Mehta Photograph:( Twitter )
With Bollywood experiencing its own #MeToo movement, several filmmakers and actors have come out in support of victims, bashing prominent people in power. In one such incident, filmmaker Hansal Mehta quit Twitter yesterday after he was trolled for his comment on sexual harassment controversy against Vikas Bahl.
Vikas Bahl has been accused of sexual harassment by at least three women who claim that he abused his power, being a noted filmmaker. Co-owner of Phantom Films, Vikas misused his power and assaulted women subordinate to him.
Commenting on the issue, Hansal Mehta condemned Vikas’s behaviour and angrily tweeted: “Will anybody do anything about this bloody creep or will the industry protect him like it always does? Wish I could do more than just speak out. As a father of two girls, I fear them having to deal with such predators just because nobody took any action against Bahl — on the contrary, a major star has acted in his new film. Who is empowered here? The victim or the creep?”
Hansal was obviously referring to Hrithik Roshan who is currently working with Vikas on ‘Super 30’, their upcoming film together. This, however, did not go down well with Hrithik’s fans who trolled him for the remark.
Agitated with this, Hansal decided to leave Twitter for good. But before he did, he posted: “I’m done with Twitter. A platform that has ambiguous guidelines about hatred, negativity and abuse is no platform ... or debate or discussion — forget social change. Goodbye.