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#MeToo: There were shockwaves across Bollywood when sexual misconduct against Rajkumar Hirani came to light

  • 23 Jan 2019
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Rajkumar Hirani was accused of sexual harassment by a woman who worked in his company, during the during the post-production of blockbuster ‘Sanju’.

Many noted names in Bollywood has been exposed in the #MeToo movement such as Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath and the recent name to join the list is filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, whose last film Sanju shattered records.

Hirani is accused of sexually abusing a woman was employed under him on more than one occasion over a six-month period between March and September 2018.

“My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,” the girl has been quoted as saying in Huff Post India.

In her interview with HuffPost India, the complainant said she was intimidated by Hirani, who was her boss at the time, and is nearly 30 years older than her. She said she took great pains to conceal Hirani’s actions towards her and maintain a facade of normalcy as her father was suffering from a terminal illness, and she desperately needed to hold on to her job.

“I had no choice but to be polite to him. It was unbearable but the reason I endured it all, until I couldn’t, was because I didn’t want my job to be taken away from me, and work to be questioned. Ever.”

“I was worried that if I left midway, it would be impossible to find another job in this industry if he were to speak badly about my work,” the woman said.

“Because if Hirani said I wasn’t good, everybody would listen. My future would be in jeopardy” the woman told HuffPost India.

After the accusation came to light on Sunday, Hirani issued a statement rubbishing the allegation:

 “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation,” Hirani’s statement read.

Check out how Bollywood stars are reacting to the allegation against Rajkumar Hirani:

Sharman Joshi


Sharman Joshi tweets his support for his ‘3 Idiots’ director in all the right note.

Boney Kapoor

Film producer Boney Kapoor said he is shocked after hearing the accusation. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Rajkumar Hirani is too good a man to do something like this. I don’t believe this allegation. He can never do something like this."

Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza, who starred in Mr Hirani's 2006 film ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and in 2018's Sanju, defended the filmmaker and told news agency PTI: “As someone who has known and respects Raju Sir for 15 years I can only hope that a due official enquiry is conducted. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I do not know the details,” the actress said.

Hirani’s work is hugely affected by this allegation, whereby his name was dropped from the posters of his forthcoming film ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ after he was called out as a sexual predator. There’s also news that the much-awaited Munnabhai 3 has also been put on hold till he gets a clean chit.
 
Image Source: Times of India and India.com



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