Actress Kangana Ranaut recently came out with allegations about filmmaker Vikas Bahl’s inappropriate behaviour on the sets of Queen, contributing to the momentum of Bollywood’s #MeToo movement.
In an interview with a leading magazine Kangana said, “Every time we met, socially greeted and hugged each other, he (Bahl) would bury his face in my neck, hold me really tight and breathe in the smell of my hair. It took me a great amount of strength and effort to pull myself out of his embrace. He’d say ‘I love how you smell K’,” she reveals. Adding, “Even though Vikas was married back in 2014 when we were filming Queen, he bragged about having casual sex with a new partner every other day. I don’t judge people and their marriages, but you can tell when addiction becomes sickness.”
And when Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who’s always been very vocal with her opinion, was asked what she thought of Kangana’s #MeToo story, she said, “Kangana is obviously Kangana. She says a lot of stuff, and sometimes it’s hard to take her seriously. I love the fact that she has spunk and that she says what she believes. I really respect her for that. But I don’t know the situation. If what she wrote was true, then it’s disgusting and awful, and the perpetrator should be punished for it.”
Naturally, this hasn’t gone down well with Ms Ranaut, who has lashed out at Sonam in response.
“What does she mean when she says ‘it’s hard to believe Kangana’? When I am sharing my #MeToo story, who gives her the right to judge me? What makes her so unsure of my claims? I am known to be an articulate person. I have represented my country at many international summits, and I am invited to these summits as a thought and youth influencer. I am not known because of my dad. I have earned my place and credibility after struggling for a decade,” Kangana says, adding, “She isn’t known as a great actress, nor does she have the reputation of being a good speaker. What gives these filmy people the right to take digs at me?”
Your move, Sonam.