Filmmaker Vikas Bahl is being restored the position as the director of upcoming film Super 30, starring Hrithik Roshan after an internal complaints committee gave clean chit to him in a sexual harassment case filed against him by a former employee, reports Mumbai Mirror. "Yes, it is true that the internal complaints committee report has exonerated Vikas Bahl. With the committee clearing Vikas, we don't have a choice but to reinstate his credit as director of Super 30," said Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO of Reliance Entertainment, the co-producing Super 30 with Phantom Films, which Vikas formed along with Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Madhu Mantena.
"Despite repeated reminders, the complainant did not appear before the committee... Those associated with the complainant and the respondents were interviewed by the committee. It also recorded documentation and correspondence between the two and based on this, it has unanimously concluded that Vikas Bahl stands exonerated of all charges levelled against him," a source told Mumbai Mirror.
Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, who came out with statements on social media condemning Vikas Bahl's alleged misconduct, disbanded Phantom Film last year. All four co-owners presented their respective statements announcing the dissolution of the production house, which has had remarkable films in their possession like Queen, Masaan and Udta Punjab, among others. Super 30 is the last film to release under Phantom Films banner. As per Mumbai Mirror, Vikas Bahl will be given the position back as the director in the trailer of the film, which would be releasing next week.
Vikas Bahl's alleged misconduct happened three years ago and was brought to the limelight only last year. Huffington Post shared the account of the former employee who complained that Vikas Bahl "sexually assaulted her." Soon after the scandal went viral, Anurag Kashyap posted his statement on Twitter saying that he was 'ill-advised' on legalities and company administration.
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