In a strongly-worded post on his social media handle, Babil said it was a “shame” that the #MeToo movement was being “misused in such a malignant manner.” He went on to praise the director and credit him as the “person that has actually inspired equality in an excruciatingly patriarchal industry.”
Sharing his thoughts on the same, Babil said, “It’s a shame that an invaluable movement like the #metoo is misused in such a malignant manner against a person that has actually inspired equality in an excruciatingly patriarchal industry. We now live in this strange age where it is easier to create a ‘truth’, and not manifest the truth. I pray that we evolve.”
He went on to add, “The concern is that the metastasis of baseless accusations through the #metoo movement would ultimately diminish its credibility and women that genuinely need its support would be left in the dark, it is painful.”
Payal has claimed that director Kashyap “forced himself” on her and “tried to sexually assault” her.
“Five years ago I met Anurag Kashyap regarding work. He called me to his house. When I went there, he took me to a separate room and tried to sexually assault me. He forced himself on me,” she said in a statement to ANI while also requesting authorities to take action against the accused.
Kashyap denied all allegations against him and tweeted a statement from his lawyer that read, “My client, Anurag Kashyap, has been deeply pained by the false allegations of sexual misconduct that have recently surfaced against him. These allegations are completely false, malicious and dishonest.”
Ever since Payal levied the charges, Kashyap has received support from his Bollywood colleagues including filmmakers Anubhav Sinha, Hansal Mehta, Ram Gopal Varma. His ex-wives Aarti Bajaj and Kalki Koechlin have also stood by him, as have actresses Taapsee Pannu, Tisca Chopra, Surveen Chawla, and Mahie Gill among others.