The Hindi film industry was left in shock when the news of Rajkumar Hirani sexually harassing his co-worker at the set of ‘Sanju’ surfaced last night. A clean identity like Hirani is not an expected name in #metoo movement.
Veteran Film Director Rajkumar Hirani was accused of sexual harassment case by his co-worker at the set of Sanju. In her report, she said that she has been harassed at the set of ‘Sanju’ over a period of 6 months from March to September 2018, during the post-production of the film.
According to reports the woman who sent an email stating her abuse on the sets to the co-producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, his wife, Anupama Chopra and film critic, Abhijat Joshi. The screenwriter who put the allegation on Hirani, wrote in her mail that “I remember forming these words on my lips – “Sir. This is wrong… Because of this power structure. You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody – I will never be able to express myself to you. My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,”
Meanwhile, at an interview, the lady said she had no other choice than being polite with Rajkumar Hirani as she feared of job insecurity and that she could be dismissed any time. In that matter, she would not get a job anymore in the film industry as Hirani would give bad feedback to her work.
Hirani when asked about the truth of this allegation he said he was “Shocked” when he first heard about this two months back. “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.”
Later Hirani’s lawyer also claimed that the charges against his client are false and further added, “false and completely unjustified”. “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory,”
Film Industry took their foot forward for their director who maintained a clean image throughout his work. He has done many successful films under his banners like Munna Bhai Series, 3 Idiots, PK, and last year Sanju was filmed under his Direction. Actress Amandeep Jha who worked in 3 Idiots with Hirani, stated that she was in Shock by this news which is spreading like fire. She said working with him was a great experience for her, “I’m shocked. I cannot even believe this. He was a man whom I used to look up to. On the sets, he used to be like a walking angel. With utmost positivity, he used to treat everyone equally on the sets. I have only interacted with him on the sets and what I know of him as a person, this comes as a major shocker. I cannot even dream about it,”
After a host of reactions surfacing on the social handle like Twitter, Vinta Nanda wrote ‘The latest on #MeToo is so disturbing. Who is it that women can trust? Can’t deal with these words anymore ” “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory’.