Since model-turned-actress Payal Ghosh broke her silence about a sexual assault incident with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap that happened in 2014, Kangana Ranaut has been extending her support to Payal versus the film industry which is firmly behind Kashyap.
Kangana has criticised Mumbai police for what she sees as inaction on a FIR (police complaint) filed by Payal on 23 September.
Citing the arrest of YouTuber Saahil Choudhary, nabbed by Mumbai police's cyber cell on Monday in Haryana for allegedly posting abusive content, Kangana compared police immediately taking action on a random person's FIR against Choudhary, while Anurag roams free days after Payal's FIR.
Somebody random files a FIR against Saahil for questioning Maha Government’s work which is his democratic right and Shaahil is jailed immediately but #PayalGhosh has filed a FIR against #AnuragKashyap many days ago for rape but he is roaming free. Kya hai yeh sab @INCIndia? https://t.co/B2S7VhlQDB— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 29, 2020
She also hit out at Maharashtra Chief Uddhav Thackeray, calling his administration gangster rule after Choudhary’s arrest. The latter has created an uproar on social media, making #istandwithsaahilchoudhary trend online.
What is this gunda raaj going on in Mumbai? No one can question world’s most incompetent CM and his team? What will they do to us? Break our houses and kill us? @INCIndia who is answerable for this? #istandwithsaahilchoudhary https://t.co/sthXJK0jzl— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) September 29, 2020
Choudhary has been making videos on the Sushant Singh Rajput case, attacking Bollywood about the drug nexus case, as well as the Maharashtra government and municipal authorities for the partial demolition of Kangana’s office on 9 September.
With over 237K subscribers on his YouTube channel, his followers started tweeting #ReleaseSaahilChoudhary and #istandwithsaahilchoudhary.
Bollywood’s #MeToo Movement, which gained momentum in 2018, put many celebrities in the spotlight, including actor Nana Patekar, filmmakers Vikas Bahl and Sajid Khan, singer Anu Malik and many others.
With Anurag being accused of sexual assault and rape, the issue is receiving new attention.
Rejecting all the allegations as "baseless", Anurag, in a statement on 20 September said the accusations are "completely false, malicious, and dishonest".
"It is sad that a social movement as important as the #metoo movement has been co-opted by vested interests and reduced to a mere tool for character assassination", his statement added.
Payal has waged a war again him and since no action has yet been taken on her FIR, she has threatened the Mumbai police that she will go on a hunger strike, demanding immediate action.
Actor Payal Ghosh, who accused film-maker Anurag Kashyap of sexual harassment, sought the latter's arrest on Sept 27.— Hindustan Times (@htTweets) September 27, 2020
While speaking to the media, she said that if she doesn't get 'justice', she would sit on a hunger strike. pic.twitter.com/T29zHKkxTs