One of the biggest names to emerge from the #metoo movement has been that of Vikas Bahl, the former co-partner at Phantom Films. Following allegations of sexual harassment against Bahl by one of his former co-workers, a lot of fingers were raised at Anurag Kashyap and Madhu Mantena, the other partners at Phantom for their silence. Anurag then wrote a lengthy apology to the victim and explained his stance.
However, sources say, only one of the partners at Phantom, Vikramaditya Motwane was unaware of the sordid goings-on. According to sources, Lootera director Motwane is “horrified beyond the imagination” to know all this was going on right under his nose. He cannot come out in the open with his disgust and shock as it would show him to be an opportunist.
But reliable sources affirm that Motwane was never a part of the Kashyap-Bahl-Mantena boys’ club at Phantom. “Motwane focused on doing his work, making his films and spending his free time with his wife. He hardly ever partied with his partners. Motwane has confessed to friends that he feels betrayed by the partnership,” says the source.
While the future of the production company Phantom is sealed, Motwane may not get as seriously affected by the Bahl factor as the other business partners. “Motwane’s innocence is not being questioned by those who see Phantom as an organization created to have adult fun. In fact the second season of Netflix’s highly successful series Sacred Games which was co-directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramditya Motwane may be directed Motwane alone,” says the source.