Rajshri Deshpande pens open letter to Payal Ghosh over sexual harassment allegation in opposition to Kashyap

Mumbai, September 22

Actor Rajshri Deshpande on Tuesday wrote an open letter to Payal Ghosh, who has accused filmmaker Anurag Kashyap of sexual harassment, saying if the director is within the unsuitable he will probably be punished as per system however peddling lies within the garb of #MeToo will trigger the motion to “crumble”.

On Saturday, Ghosh took to Twitter, claiming that Kashyap was sexually inappropriate in the direction of her, an allegation the “Gangs of Wasseypur” director known as “baseless”.

Deshpande, who has labored with Kashyap in “Sacred Games” and “Choked”, wrote in a sequence of tweets that she desires to grasp and hearken to Ghosh’s voice.

“We all know that MeToo began throughout the globe to offer voice to every of us from completely different backgrounds. I believe we want such actions for every suppressed voice on this planet.

“If Anurag has done something wrong then we have a system to take action for it but if the acquisitions are false then MeToo mass movement will start crumbling and will lose its aim,” she tweeted.

The actor stated she feared that one false narrative can “damage so many other voices who have suffered”.

In a video launched to ABN Telugu, Ghosh had claimed that the incident occurred in 2014-2015.

Ghosh, who made her Hindi debut with Rishi Kapoor-Paresh Rawal starrer “Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi”, additionally claimed that Kashyap boasted about his reference to megastar Amitabh Bachchan and flaunted that there have been different feminine artistes who he obtained intimate with, together with Huma Qureshi and Richa Chadha.

Deshpande stated she desires to listen to Ghosh’s facet not as a result of the world is “judging” her video however as a result of she desires to know her journey.

She additionally stated she desires to grasp why Ghosh didn’t “hesitate” to make use of different girls’s title to help her declare.

“Don’t you think so it was derogatory and defamatory? I want to know how you cope up with this experience for six years and got strength to put it back and work. I know how difficult it is to go through harassment, it’s not easy to forget the extremely painful incident.”

Deshpande stated she hoped Ghosh is ready to reply her questions, not instantly, “but maybe after few years when you will realise what had happened”.

“I hope you will be able to reflect whether it was your truth, suffering or race to be part of current influential race,” she added.

The actor concluded her letter saying she loves the Indian movie trade and is conscious of its flaws.

“It’s up to us to clean those flaws, but we need to ensure we do that conscientiously. May God give us strength to be truthful and strong,” she added.

Earlier within the day, Qureshi opened up about Ghosh’s claims and stated she was offended about her title being “dragged” within the allegations.

“I feel really angry at being dragged into this mess. I feel angry not just for myself but also every woman whose years of hard work and struggle get reduced to such baseless conjecture and allegations in their workplace. Please let’s refrain from this narrative,” Qureshi stated within the assertion shared on Twitter.

Her response got here a day after Chadha despatched a authorized discover to Ghosh by her lawyer Saveena Bedi Sachar for being “unnecessarily and falsely dragged in a defamatory manner”.

“No woman can be allowed to misuse their liberties to harass other women with unsubstantiated or non-existent, false and baseless allegations,” Chadha’s lawyer stated.

Kashyap, too, shared a press release from his lawyer, Priyanka Khimani, that stated the 48-year-old director has been “fully advised of his rights and remedies in law and intends to pursue them to the fullest extent”.

Dismissing the allegations on Sunday, Kashyap known as Ghosh’s declare an try to “silence” him for his outspoken views.

The director discovered help in his trade mates, together with Hansal Mehta, Taapsee Pannu, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub in addition to former wives, movie editor Aarti Bajaj and actor Kalki Koechlin who credited him for creating protected work area for ladies. PTI


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