Payal Ghosh: I don’t have any expectations from anyone and I don’t give a damn if they support me or not – Times of India


Payal Ghosh, who debuted in Kollywood with Therodum Veedhiyile and has achieved a number of movies in Telugu and Hindi movie industries, has accused filmmaker-actor Anurag Kashyap of sexually assaulting her a couple of years in the past. Whereas Anurag has tweeted that Payal’s allegations are baseless, the actress maintains her stand. Excerpts from our chat along with her…

When did you first meet Anurag Kashyap?

This was in 2014-15, when he was making Bombay Velvet. I used to be simply beginning my profession in Bollywood and was doing a movie with Vivek Agnihotri, known as Freedom. I used to be beginning to meet administrators, and my supervisor had mounted an appointment with him over Fb. Each my supervisor and I went to his workplace to satisfy him. He made my supervisor sit exterior and known as me contained in the room. There have been different individuals there and he was speaking to them, however he made me sit reverse him on a chair and stored glancing at me. I didn’t consider it a lot then, and was, actually, excited that I had an opportunity to satisfy him. I then went again, and my supervisor was with me then. I believe, after a day or two, he known as me and requested me to return over to his place. He gave me his deal with and in addition requested me to not put on something that will reveal that I used to be an actress as he didn’t need individuals in his space to know a lot about me. So, I wore a easy salwar kameez and went to his place. He was completely superb that day as properly. He served me meals, instructed me about his struggles. I used to be impressed together with his journey. I left for the day. He once more known as me on one other day, and requested me to return over if I wasn’t doing something essential. So, I went once more. This time, he was ingesting and smoking one thing, which was not cigarette; it smelt fairly dangerous. He began speaking and casually took me to a different room, which was extra like a library. There have been previous video cassettes and books. He acquired me to sit down on a settee there after which, began forcing himself on me. I used to be feeling uncomfortable, embarrassed, and I couldn’t suppose straight. I didn’t scream or shout, and as an alternative, began pleading. He mentioned there are such a lot of actresses who’re snug with him and that he had slept with over 200 ladies. He had a lot pleasure whereas saying that! After I didn’t budge and stored saying I needed to go away, he understood I used to be not prepared. So, he requested me to be mentally ready and are available once more later and we’d have a very good time. Relieved to lastly get an opportunity to depart, I instructed him we’d have a very good time the subsequent time and simply rushed out of his home. From that day until now, I’ve by no means, ever met him, despite him calling me many instances. He requested me to return for Holi celebrations… however I’ve at all times prevented him. He had requested me if another person stayed with me at my residence, and I bluffed that I used to be residing with my household.

Why did you not take his title or converse up even when the #MeToo motion had gained momentum in India?

I instructed my household and my mates about this incident, however they requested me to not say something in regards to the trade. They had been apprehensive that folks would spoil my life and profession. Even my mates mentioned that they’re individuals with clout and they’d hurt me. So, I used to be quiet all these years. Nevertheless, I did tweet about what occurred to me… virtually 5 instances, however my family and friends made me delete the tweets. Even when victims had been outing their predators throughout #MeToo, I took to social media to jot down about this. However my supervisor was dealing with my Fb and my brother had deleted my tweets. They stored stopping me as a result of they had been apprehensive for me. They didn’t give me the braveness to speak then. After I gave the interview to the Telugu channel, the presenter instructed me that if I converse up, I may save a number of ladies. So, I opened up about what occurred to me.

Once you tweeted addressing the PM after the interview, the chairperson of Nationwide Fee for Girls, Rekha Sharma, had requested you to file a criticism…

Sure, I’m speaking to my advocate and he’s guiding me.

Whereas many from the trade have lent their help to Anurag, solely Kangana Ranaut has tweeted in help of you until now…

I knew it might occur. He’s doing movies and actresses who get their rozi roti (work) from him is not going to converse up in opposition to him. However I do know that what I’m saying is 100 per cent true. Individuals converse up provided that it’s of their favour. I don’t have any expectations from anybody and I don’t give a rattling who’s saying what, and if they’re supporting me or not. I’ve mentioned what I wished to say, and I’m feeling so significantly better after saying that. I’ve been preventing with this, this inner battle, for thus lengthy. If something occurs with my consent, it’s a unique factor. However forcing somebody as a result of they’ve come to satisfy you for work is flawed. You may’t take everyone as a right. You may’t suppose that if she has come to satisfy me for work, she is well accessible to sleep with.

Are your loved ones and mates supportive of you?

I come from a conservative household, and other people have been calling up, asking what occurred to me. My brother is so upset that I spoke up. However my household and mates will at all times be there after I want them. Even individuals from different industries have lent their help. I’m solely apprehensive that someone would possibly assault me after I step out of my residence alone. Mere doston ne kaha hai ki woh log ladki logon ke peeche aadmi laga dete hain. That’s the one factor that’s worrying me.

Has Anurag or somebody from his aspect tried to get in contact with you?

No. When this occurred, I had a unique cellphone and had tweeted from that cellphone, tagging him. I believe he got here to find out about it and he has blocked me on WhatsApp.


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