"Bullying destroyed my mental health"
Bollywood film director Abhinav Singh Kashyap has accused Salman Khan and his family of attempting to sabotage his career and bullying.
Abhinav’s allegations come after the untimely death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
His death has caused many people in the industry to speak out about the hardships they faced.
It was revealed that Sushant was mistreated in Bollywood because he was an “outsider” which led him to be neglected.
Abhinav, who is the brother of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, took to Facebook to share a lengthy statement of the atrocities he faced at the hands of Salman Khan and his family.
“Mr. Salman Khan and family sabotaged the release of the film and got their PROs to run a sustained negative smear campaign against me and my film BESHARAM (2013) before release.
“This scared the distributors from buying the film. Reliance Entertainment and I were capable and courageous enough to release the film ourselves but the battle had just begun.
“My enemies, which there were many ran a sustained negative Trolling and badmouthing campaign against the film till the Box Office of my film collapsed.
“But to their horror, Besharam (2013) had still netted 58 crores (£6,071,650.95) before it went out of theatres.”
“Over the next few years, all my projects and creative endeavours have been sabotaged and I have been repeatedly threatened with life and rape threats given to-for the female members of my family.
“The sustained gaslighting and bullying destroyed my mental health and that of my family and led to my divorce and breaking up of my family in 2017.
“They erred and sent some of these threats as texts, sent to me as sms from several numbers.
“Armed with evidence, I went to the police in 2017 to file an FIR which they refused to register but registered a non-cognisable complaint.
“When the threats continued, I forced the police to trace the numbers but they couldn’t be traced back to Sohail Khan [the suspected sender].
“My complaint remains open to date and I still have all the evidence.”
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My appeal to the Government to launch a detailed investigation. Rest in peace Sushant Singh Rajput… Om Shanti.. But…
Speaking to Times of India, Salman Khan’s father Salim Khan reacted to Abhinav’s accusations. He said:
“Yes, we are the ones to ruin everything, right? You watch his films first and then we’ll talk.
“He used my name in his statement, right? Maybe he didn’t know my father’s name. His name was Rashid Khan.
“Let him use my grandfather and great grandfather’s names too. Let him do what he wants, but we will not waste time reacting to what he says.”
According to an interaction with India Forums, a source close to Salman Khan’s family said:
“This man [Abhinav Kashyap] himself is dealing with his mental issues, he is frustrated and has gone insane.”
“Instead of being grateful to Salman and Arbaaz for the break which they had given him, he is cursing them and their family.
“I have known Salman Khan and worked very closely with him and not even once he ever asked me or anyone to put negative news or run a negative campaign against anyone whom he didn’t link.
“I also never saw Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan do that to anyone as well and I have worked closely with both of them.
“Following interviews of Abhinav Kashyap and Arbaaz are enough to prove who is lying.
“I think Abhinav Kashyap himself seriously needs medical help and counselling.”
Arbaaz Khan also reacted to Abhinav’s allegations and declared that he has taken legal action against the director.