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Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane on Vikas Bahl's misconduct: 'Never again on our watch'

The former directors of Phantom Films suggested that while they did reduce Bahl's role in the company, they were 'ill advised' in their actions.

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After the growing calls of inaction by Vikramaditya Motwane, Anurag Kashyap, and Madhu Mantena on the repeat complaints against Vikas Bahl while being a part of Phantom Films, Kashyap and Motwane have put out an apology and explanation of their actions. 

In his long letter posted on his Twitter account, Motwane admitted that he wasn't aware of Bahl's offence when the news broke in 2015. It was only in March 2017 that Kashyap called Motwane to speak about the subject. 

Motwane insists that they offered to suspend Vikas Bahl from the company, prevent him from directing any more films, taking away his signatory rights, as well as sending him away for rehabilitation. The victim agreed to these points. However, later Kashyap informed Motwane that the victim was unwilling to pursue the matter and had chosen "her own way to make Vikas pay."

Defending his silence on the issue, Motwane told the press, "I was trying to make things right in a manner that, at all times, sought to protect the identity of the girl in question..." 

The director of Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) offered a clear apology saying, "The only thing I can offer now is an apology. And the only thing I can say is that this will never happen again on my watch." 

Kashyap, offering another perspective of the event, said, "I did everything I could within what was told by my partner and his lawyers."  Adding that he might have been 'ill advised', and perhaps it was the reason why the victim backed out of signing an agreement on the manner in which Bahl was to be dealt with in the company. 

Kashyap also added that he was advised that "there were no provision in our contract to sack him [Bahl] on the grounds of misconduct." This, the director admitted was "because I trustingly signed the contract, and yes I am an idiot for not understanding what I am signing..."

Eventually, the Manmarziyaan (2018) director apologised saying, "I am deeply, truly sorry to the woman in question and she has known this all this while. This will never happen on my work premises again." 

Bahl is currently working on his next release, Super 30, featuring Hrithik Roshan.

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