Vikas Bahl Back on Hrithik Roshan Starrer ‘Super 30’
The beleaguered filmmaker, accused of misconduct during the #metoo movement, had to step down from the project
Things seem to be developing really rapidly for the beleaguered project Super 30, chronicling the life and work of Bihari mathematician Anand Kumar. The project was derailed when its director Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual misconduct by an unnamed woman who used to work with him at Phantom Films. Vikas’ case was one of the biggest shockers of the #metoo movement with more than one woman coming forward with their own stories.
A lot of fingers were pointed at Hrithik Roshan since he was the lead star of Super 30 and there was pressure on him to speak out against Vikas. Hrithik issued a statement that he wouldn’t want to work with Vikas or any director accused of sexual misconduct. The controversy also had an impact on Phantom Films which was dissolved and the infighting between its main promoters – Anurag Kashyap, Vikas, Madhu Mantena and Vikramaditya Motwane – came to the fore.
However, things took a turn when the lady in question decided not to pursue the legal case against Bahl. Thus, the coast has been cleared for the director to re-enter the project.
Says a source close to the development, “Not that Vikas is being taken back into the production company. But now with the lady clearly withdrawing her case, the project somehow needs to be finished and released.”
On Sunday morning, producer Madhu Mantena flew to Lisbon where Hrithik is currently stationed. The star and producer had a long meeting during which it was apparently decided that Hrithik will complete the film with Vikas Bahl. The decision is definitely a wise one considering that the project is nearly over and it would be unfair to let it suffer because of the accusations against one man.