STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Atul Kasbekar denies #MeToo allegations against him, 'Cheat India' director

They pointed out that the banner has produced films like "Neerja" and "Tumhari Sulu", renowned for their female protagonists which have been beacons for women empowerment.

Published: 20th October 2018 01:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th October 2018 01:23 PM   |  A+A-

Atul Kasbekar. (Photo | Indulge Express)

By IANS

MUMBAI: Celebrity photographer and film producer Atul Kasbekar has denied an anonymous allegation that he and "Cheat India" director Soumik Sen are "sleazebags who harass women with their powerplay".

In a statement on Twitter, Ellipsis Entertainment -- which Kasbekar -- co-owns, reacted on the allegation based on an anonymous tweet from a newly-created ID on the micro-blogging platform.

The statement, signed by Kasbekar, Tanuj Garg, Shanti Sivaram, Swati Iyer and Piya Sawhney, reads, "We have not received any complaint of inappropriate behaviour by director Soumik Sen from any female member in our unit of 'Cheat India' during the shooting."

They pointed out that the banner has produced films like "Neerja" and "Tumhari Sulu", renowned for their female protagonists which have been beacons for women empowerment.

"While we support the #MeToo movement in India, we urge for people to be wary of unsubstantiated allegations, particularly anonymous ones, which could be mischievously made with ulterior motives. We also hope that these do not dilute the credibility of the ongoing movement

The anonymous post said her most recent experience of working with Kasbekar and Sen on "Cheat India" was "rather disturbing". She says Sen used to talk about wanting to see her and her female colleagues enact scenes for a lesbian web series.

"He (Sen) would narrate unnatural sex scenes and would suggest how we would be apt to play a part, all in the presence of Atul Kasbekar who would be flaunting a huge grin on his face. He would also read out erotic poems between scenes. One such encounter had me loosing (sic) my cool and asking Soumik to back off, I was sternly warned that if I fuss about such things I would be thrown out of 'Cheat India'.

"The producer Atul who was also a part of the discussion chose to keep silent and took no action even when I displayed my discomfort. The film has wrapped and I have sworn to never work with Soumik or Atul ever again. They are sleazebags who harass women with their powerplay," the account further read.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp