Courtesy : Hindustan Times
Actress Huma Qureshi has shared a powerfully written response after her name cropped up in a controversy over alleged sexual harassment involving filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who cast Ms Qureshi in his two-part Gangs Of Wasseypur. Mr Kashyap has been accused of "forcing" himself on an actress, who also told ABN Telugu that he named three actresses as being "just a call away."
In response, the actress claims she said, "You have given chance to Richa Chadha, Mahie Gill, Huma Qureshi... they are so nominal looking girls. Generally directors don't give them chance but you have done a great job. But I am not mentally prepared for this right now."
Mr Kashyap denies the allegations. In her own response, Huma Qureshi explains why she's "angry" and writes that to the best of her knowledge, Anurag Kashyap never behaved improperly with her or anyone else.
Huma's statement reads:
"Anurag and I last worked together in 2012-13 and he is a dear friend and an extremely talented director. In my personal experience and to my knowledge he has neither misbehaved with me or anyone else. However, anyone who claims to be abused must report it to the authorities, the police and the judiciary.
I chose not to comment till now because I don't believe in social media fights and media trials. 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 gets reduced to such baseless conjecture and allegations in their workplace. Please let's refrain from this narrative. It is the joint responsibility of women and men both to carefully protect the sanctity of #M eToo This is my final response. Please do not approach me to make any more statements on this matter."