‘Subhash Kapoor’s True Face’. That was the title of the video posted on 17 Feb 2014, by actor Geetika Tyagi.
The 31-minute video shows Subhash Kapoor, the director of Jolly LLB and Phas Gaye Re Obama, and a woman, who it turned out is his wife, pleading with and trying to pacify a sobbing woman who is out of the frame in the video.
The sobbing woman, it turns out, is Geetika Tyagi, who was seen in films like One By Two and What the Fish, and recorded the video by a hidden camera, showing the conversation between director Subhash Kapoor, his wife Dimple Kharbanda and herself. Tyagi is accompanied by Atul Sabharwal, the director of Aurangzeb, who also supported her act of going public on Twitter.
Geetika, while hysterically sobbing, says that Kapoor dragged her by her hand, but then she can be heard saying that he stopped when she asked him to. Kapoor, is heard saying that he is ashamed of what happened and is ready to face the consequences. Kapoor's wife Dimple is seen pleading with Geetika to keep the matter under wraps for the sake of her son
A sobbing Tyagi talks about being scarred by the incident and at one point in the video, she says she once wants to hit him, Kapoor asks her to hit him, she steps into the frame and slaps him across his face.
The description of the video says:
My intentions for uploading this video are:
a) to caution those girls who will come in contact with this man, Subhash Kapoor, socially or professionally and will make the mistake of looking up to him as father-figure or as an elder brother and trust him and
b) for all girls who, if god forbid become victims of sexual assault, not to give in to pleading of their attacker's wife, sister, mother, daughter or any woman who claims to be suffering and asks for your forgiveness for attacker. Dimple Kharbanda shamelessly attended film award functions within a week of this meeting that she did not know I was recording.
It is not easy to upload this. Like that sexual assault this too is invasion of my privacy that I am compelled to compromise by my own conscious [sic] to expose what Subash Kapoor did to me. A woman suffers in both the scenarios, when she stays quiet and when she speaks up.
I hope this fate does not befall on any woman anywhere.
Geetika Tyagi later tweeted at regular intervals explaining the circumstances behind the making of the video. While there was overwhelming support for Tyagi on Twitter, none of the film industry people who are otherwise vocal on Twitter and other social media spoke on the issue, barring film-maker Tigmanshu Dhulia who tweeted: “If the film industry has any heart, they should boycott Atul Sabarwal as he was part of this vicious scheme to demean Subhash Kapoor.”
Sabharwal responded by asking "Do you know the facts? Were you there at the incident? Am I running around the film industry for support?"
In between, on Facebook, apparently script writer Danish Raza uploaded this post soon after Geetika’s video went viral:
“As the first hand witness to the evening on which Geetika Tyagi has based her allegations of molestation on Subhash Kapoor, both mutual friends introduced by me, and having been there with them 90% of the time that night, I need to put some facts on record.
1. Geetika's first narration to me of this incident, the day after it happened was not of sexual assault. To me it clearly sounded like something that happened between two people and there was no mention of an assault. Her first version was exactly same as Subhash's (consistent) version and her version changed only two days later when she alleged, in the presence of Atul Sabharwal, that 'force' was used. Even in that case she says Subhash stopped when she said 'stop" so where is molestation in it?
2. At 5 am, which must have been in the middle of the incident when she messaged me asking if I have reached home, and I called her back in response immediately, she very coolly told me "Subhash has woken up and he is leaving". There was no mention of the incident, forget force or molestation. ...And why am I doing this? Well for the same reason that I told her "Had you even hinted of molestation, at 5 a.m. in the morning I would have been the 1st person to go with you to the police station."
To this, both Tyagi and Sabharwal were dismissive and pointed to the video, asking people to just listen to what Kapoor himself is heard saying in the video.