Anurag Kashyap, denied all sexual assault allegations levelled against him by actress Payal Ghosh and tweeted: “All I want to say is all allegations are baseless.” Payal Ghosh, who has worked in films like Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi and Prayanam, has recently accused the 48-year-old filmmaker. However, Anurag Kashyap dismissed the allegations in a series of tweets and described them as “an attempt to silence” him. In a long thread posted in Hindi, Anurag Kashyap wrote, “Wow, it took you so long to make an attempt to silence me. Never mind in a bid to silence me, you have dragged another woman in this, despite being a woman. Please stick to the limits. All I want to say is all allegations are baseless.”
Payal Ghosh, in the aforementioned interview, also claimed that after sexually harassing her, Anurag Kashyap had told her that “it is okay” because other actresses he has worked with like Huma Qureshi and Mahi Gill “are just a call away.” Reacting to the allegation, the filmmaker wrote in his tweet: “Whether it’s my first wife or second, or a girlfriend… or all those actresses who worked with me… or all those female colleagues who have been working with me… I don’t indulge in such behaviour in public or otherwise. Neither do I tolerate such behaviour. Rest, whatever happens… let’s see. In the video, you can figure how true the allegations are… otherwise, just love and good wishes for you. Apologies for replying to you in Hindi for your accusations in English.”
In his latest tweet, Anurag Kashyap also wrote that he has received a number of phone calls, asking him not to respond to the allegations.
Payal Ghosh, who made her Bollywood debut with the 2017 film Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi, co-starring Rishi Kapoor and Paresh Rawal, also made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help her. She tweeted on Saturday: “Anurag Kashyap has forced himself on me and extremely badly. Narendra Modi ji, 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. Pls help!”