The decision to allow Vikas Bahl to direct the Anand Kumar bio-pic for Phantom Films and producer Preeti Sinha comes in the wake of the potentially career-destroying allegations of sexual harassment against the director of Queen and Shaandaar.
Apparently Madhu Mantena,Anurag Kashyap and VikramadityaMotwane the co-founders of Phanton Films along with Vikas Bahl, had a closed-door meeting with Vikas during which they issued him an ultimatum: mend your ways or perish.
A source close to Phantom says, “What really worked in Vikal Bahl’s favour was the fact that no FIR was lodged for sexual harassment. Had there been any FIRs Vikas would have been destroyed. Using that as a safety route Vikas made his way back into Phantom.”
The decision for him to direct the Anand Kumar bio-pic was also approved by the films’s co-producer Preeti Sinha and the film’s leading man Hrithik Roshan.
“They all felt Vikas deserved a second chance. He has been under severe stress and his mother is very unwell.After Queen Vikas went berserk . He is now under control,” says the source.