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Phantom co-founder Anurag Kashyap Steps Down As MAMI’s Board Member

October 10th, 2018 | by Manisha Surange
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Phantom co-founder Anurag Kashyap Steps Down As MAMI’s Board Member
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Amidst the Vikas Bahl sexual assault controversy taking place, there have been many fingers being pointed at his Phantom co-founder Anurag Kashyap for keeping silent the entire time despite knowing Vikas’ true side. Anurag Kashyap has stepped down as the Board member of MAMI (Mumbai Academy Of Moving Image) owing to the aforesaid reason.

Anurag Kashyap took to his twitter to share multiple tweets keeping his side of the story. His series of tweets can be seen here:

Kashyap’s first tweet announced his steppng back. He tweeted, “In the light of the current events , I have decided to step back from my duties as a board member from MAMI until the shadow of doubt of our alleged complicitness in silence and not doing anything about it , is cleared.”

He also cleared that he has not been silent about the sexual assault by Vikas Bahl on one of the Phatom employee in 2015, and it was she, herself, who decided not to take a legal course of action. He also previously went onto apologize to her.

“On the other hand I vehemently deny to have stayed silent on the issue & not doing anything about it for years. Can’t explain further to people who don’t understand due process, legalities. Have been resilient through all accusations , keep flinging them my way.”

He also said : The accused was named and shamed a long time back. For people who don’t read the details & only the headlines, I have no response. A lot of women work with me and have been around , I am answerable to them & they stand witness to our actions &our struggle to do the right thing.

4th Tweet: Let the purging continue .. it’s as good a time as any for all of us to introspect , look into ourselves and see how we all have been complicit in so much,with our silence, forced by fear of consequence or by choice.

In more than a year I have questioned myself a lot, reflected on every single date I went to, every interaction of mine with the opposite sex, every encounter all that I could recall.

6th Tweet: Moreover, he mentioned that in all his past interaction with the opposite sex, he’s learnt about consent and the ways of expressing it.

And my greatest and simplest learning is that the line of consent is not just defined by “No” , most times it’s before that “No” is uttered. And the line of consent depends on the person that owns the consent. It varies from person to person.

It’s our conditioning, even for the most woke people. Most of us are still learning , everyone who claims to know what it means , and I talk about us men , we really don’t know . None of us know . It can’t and should not be defined so simply.

8th Tweet: It begins with respecting the individuality and acknowledging the ownership the other has over herself, and continuing awareness of it. My mind has been restless over many day/nights &more I read everyone’s accounts , it keeps adding to it.

I feel like just apologising for being a man. I use to feel I have come a long way from growing up in a smalltown &today I feel like somehow I am still there. There is so much I really don’t see & also see others around me pretending to see & I feel ,”inko bhi kahan dikhta hai”

It is evident from Anurag’s tweet to how much he’s been regretting the actions as an individual, and whatever kind of environment that women in our country facing today, is clearly bothering. He also apologized “for being a man”.

10th Tweet: I was lucky to have had women who slapped me from time to time to turn that boy who at 18 told the girl in his class “ladkiyon ko yeh nahin karna chahiye “ to whoever I have become today.But I also wonder ,why & when did they stopped slapping me and thought it’s enough. It isn’t.

The filmmaker has changed his Twitter Display and cover photo to a plain black background. As mentioned, until the allegations of being silent are cleared, he isn;t planning to resume as the board member of MAMI. We can only hope for the negative air to clear as soon as possible, and things to get back to normal. Alebit, the Me Too movement happening is clearly a revolution for a country. All thanks to Tanushree Dutta!

Photo courtesy: www.koimoi.com

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