'Keep empowering women as you do': Anurag Kashyap gets support from ex wives Kalki Koechlin and Aarti Bajaj

WION Web Team New Delhi Sep 21, 2020, 06.27 PM(IST)

File image of Kalki Koechlin and Anurag Kashyap Photograph:( Twitter )

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Anurag Kashyap has been accussed of sexual harassment by Payal Ghosh.

Actress Kalki Koechlin has spoken in support of her ex-husband filmmaker Anurag Kashyap who has been accussed of sexual harassment by Payal Ghosh. Kalki took to Twitter to post in support of the fulmmaker and revealed how Kashyap has always stood up for her integrity even after they got dirvorced.

Kalki shared a tweet and said, "Trolls will continue to troll." Further, in her note, she wrote "Dear Anurag, don`t let this social media circus get to you. You have fought for the freedom of women in your scripts. You`ve defended their integrity in your professional space as well as in your personal life. I have been witness to it. In the personal and professional space you have always seen me as your equal. You have stood up for my integrity even after our divorce and you have supported me when I felt unsafe in a work environment even before we got together."

The `Dev D` actor claimed that Kashyap always stood up for her when she felt unsafe at the workplace and that he has always fought for women`s freedom in his writing as well.

Kalki continued, "This strange time where everyone gets to abuse one another and make false claims without any repercussions is a dangerous and repulsive one. It is destroying families, friends and countries. But there is a place of dignity that exists beyond this virtual blood bath, a place of paying attention to the needs of those around you, a place of being kind even when no one is looking, and I know you are very familiar with that place. "

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On Saturday, actress Payal Ghosh accused Kashyap of sexual harassment. Speaking to ANI, she said, "Five years ago I met Anurag Kashyap regarding work. He called me to his house. When I went there, he took me to a separate room and tried to sexually assault me. He forced himself on me."

"I request the authorities to kindly take action and let the country see the demon behind this creative guy. I am aware that it can harm me and my security is at risk. I am seeking action against him," said Ghosh.

Kashyap's first wife, editor Aarti Bajaj too had shared a post in support of the filmmaker a day earlier. Aarti is an acclaimed film editor and shares a daughter with the filmmaker. Sharing a long post on her Instagram page, Aarti wrote, "First wife here.. You are a rockstar @anuragkashyap10. Keep empowering women as you do and the safest place you create for all of them. I see it first hand with our daughter. There is no integrity left and the world is full of losers and no brains baying for blood of anyone who has a voice."

"If everybody spends the energy which they use in hating others constructively this world will be a better place. Cheapest stunt I have seen till now. First it made me angry then I laughed so hard as it cannot come more framed then this . I am sorry that you have to go through this .That’s the level of them. You stay HIGH and keep using your voice. We love you," she further added.

The filmmaker has also got support from some of the actresses who have worked with him including Taapsee Pannu and Sayami Kher.

Post the allegations, Kashyap responded on Twitter in which he denied the allegations, claiming that they were `baseless`. "I neither behave like this nor do I ever tolerate this at any price," he said.

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