Queen director Vikas Behl asks colleagues Anurag, Motwane to withdraw defamatory tweets, apologise

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Says were looking for an excuse to dissolve Phantom films, made him the scapegoat

Bitten by the #MeToo stigma, Queen director Vikas Behl has sent notice to his colleagues Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. He has asked them to withdraw their tweet against him and tender an unconditional apology on social media platform. He also warned them to desist from making further statements likely to harm his reputation, failing which legal action will be taken.

According to a report by Mumbai Mirror, two separate notices were sent to both Kashyap and Motwane on October 9 via email.

The Queen director has accused them of staging the whole campaign against him. He accused them of using it as an opportunity to dissolve Phantom Films. Bahl said that they are making him the scapegoat for the company’s disbandment.

He also alleged in the notice that Kashyap bribed another employee to make similar allegations.

The notice also says that Kashyap and Motwane acted without verifying the facts to paint Bahl as the villain. “You are neither a witness nor the alleged victim, but instead an opportunist,” he wrote.

“The alleged incident has not been established in any court of law and that you have exploited the media to propagate your own personal vendetta,” the document read.

In response to the sexual assault allegation on Bahl by a former Phantom employee, in 2015

Phantom Films was founded in 2011 by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Behl and Madhu Mantena. The company’s first film was the period romance Lootera (2013).

Phantom film’s also collaborated with Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions to produce the romantic comedy Hasee to Phasee. It was followed by Vikas Bahl-directed comedy drama Queen which won a national award.

The company announced its dissolution on October 5. This was in response to the sexual assault allegation on Bahl by a former Phantom employee, in 2015.

The other three founders, Kashyap, Motwane, and Mantena, all issued statements on Twitter confirming the company’s disbanding. From here on, they are moving on to independent projects.

Meanwhile, Bahl has been removed as the producer of Ranveer Singh-starrer upcoming film 83. Director Kabir Khan confirmed that Bahl will not be having any credits in the film.

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