Vikas Bahl, after being given a clean chit by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) at Reliance Entertainment, will now be credited as the director of Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30. Vikas, who had shot to fame as the director of Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen, switched sides in the ongoing controversy between the two actors by taking on Super 30.
Hrithik had put out a statement that said: “It is impossible for me to work with any person if he/she is guilty of such grave misconduct. I am away and have access to only sporadic information. I have requested the producers of Super 30 to take stock of the apparent facts and take a harsh stand if need be. This is not to be hushed or brushed under the carpet. All proven offenders must be punished and all exploited people must be empowered and given strength to speak up.”
However, lately it seems that the wheels are coming off the #MeToo movement itself. In the early strikes, the movement claimed the careers of Sajid Khan, who lost his job as the director of Housefull 4; Subhash Kapoor, who lost his job as the director of Mogul; and Nana Patekar, who lost his role in Housefull 4. Even Rajkumar Hirani lost producer credit for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga as well.
Meanwhile, others like Mukesh Chhabra, who was temporarily suspended as the director of Kizzie Aur Manny (now titled Dil Bechara), was reinstated after an ICC let him off. Vipul Shah too got a clean chit for similar allegations.
“Actors like Alok Nath and Rajat Kapoor have not been signed on for fresh films yet. However, the presence of #MeToo accused Rajkumar Hirani and Kailash Kher at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony suggests that the movement may have just lost its steam. Vikas being exonerated in a big story, and could very well pave way for other ICC to speed up the cases that they have against others,” says a source.
— Sanskriti Media...