BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: After Anurag Kashyap’s first wife Aarti Bajaj came out in support of the Bollywood filmmaker who has been accused by actress Payal Ghosh of sexual harassment, it was Kalki Koechlin, who was married to Anurag from 2011 to 2015, slammed the #MeToo allegations against him in an Instagram post on Monday.
“Don’t let this social media circus get to you,” the first line of the post read. Kalki, who has worked with Anurag in like Dev.D, That Girl in Yellow Boots and Sacred Games 2, said that he “stood up for her integrity even after their divorce”.
“Dear Anurag, Don’t let this social media circus get to you. You have fought for the freedom of women in your own scripts, you’ve defended their integrity in your professional space as well as your personal life,” said Kalki.
Kalki said that she has seen Anurag both in personal and professional space and he has treated her as an equal. “I have been a 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,” wrote Kalki.
Ending the post, she wrote, “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 you, a place of being kind even when no one is looking, and I know that you are very familiar with that place. Hang on to that dignity, stay strong and keep doing the work you do.”
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In the meantime, Anurag has denied all sexual assault allegations levelled against him by Payal Ghosh. “All I want to say is all allegations are baseless,” the Udta Punjab director tweeted in Hindi.
Payal Ghosh, who made her Bollywood debut in 2017 with Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi, which also starred Rishi Kapoor has recently accused the popular filmmaker of forcing himself on her in an interview with ABN Telugu. However, Anurag, who is critical of the Central government, has rubbished the allegations in a series of tweets and described them as “an attempt to silence” him.
In a long thread posted in Hindi, Anurag 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, Madame. All I want to say is all allegations are baseless.”
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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.