MAMI Film Fest: Anurag Kashyap steps back as MAMI board member

The board earlier decided to drop AIB and Rajat Kapoor's films keeping the recent 'Me Too' movement

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The dates for MAMI film festival are nearing, and keeping the recently allegations against AIB and Rajat Kapoor in mind, the team recently dropped two films, Chintu Ka Birthday and Kadakh from their 20th edition.

Sharing the reason, they released a statement that read, "We as an Academy (MAMI) strongly support the #MeToo movement. In light of recent developments, we have decided to drop the following films from our line-up -- AIB's 'Chintu Ka Birthday' and Rajat Kapoor's 'Kadakh'. We want to use this opportunity to open up the conversation, and find solutions to harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. Starting with this edition of the festival, we would like to unite the community to find positive and constructive ways to deal with it."

Developments on the same grounds today lead filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to step back as a board member of MAMI. The decision came on Wednesday amidst a "shadow of doubt" where he chose to remain silent on a complaint that was raised against Vikas Bahl of sexually harassing a woman.

Kashyap took to Twitter with a note that read, "In the light of the current events, I have decided to step back from my duties as a board member from MAMI until the shadow of doubt of our alleged complicitness in silence and not doing anything about it, is cleared.” Talking about the allegations, he added, “On the other hand, I vehemently deny to have stayed silent on the issue and not doing anything about it for years. Can't explain further to people who don't understand due process, legalities. Have been resilient through all accusations. Keep flinging them my way."

The 20th edition of Jio MAMI Film Festival is scheduled between October 25 and November 1, 2018.

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