In another shocking twist in the #MeToo campaign, popular filmmaker of Bollywood, Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual misconduct by an assistant director while working on his 2018’s blockbuster film Sanju. The woman said that the filmmaker first made a sexually suggestive remark on April 9, 2018, and then assaulted her. However, Hirani has denied all such allegations and said, “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 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.”
With Rajkumar Hirani’s name coming in the forefront in the list of #MeToo accused, the buzz has it that his next project Munnabhai 3 has been put on hold. Going by the reports in Mid-Day, a source from Star India revealed, “In a meeting in late December, it was decided that Fox would pull the plug on Munna Bhai 3 if Hirani was found guilty. The studio stands in solidarity with the survivor. VVC Films too has taken the matter seriously, and dropped Hirani's name from the promotional material of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga."
A few days ago, Rajkumar Hirani’s name was removed from the posters of Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga and left everyone puzzled. The source also added, "An ICC set up by VVC Films will investigate the matter. Munna Bhai 3, however, by default, is on hold till Hirani gets a clean chit.”
While Hirani has claimed the allegations to be false, the woman is determined about her story. In an interview to HuffPost, the woman said that she had "no other choice but to be polite to him" because her job was at stake. "I had no choice but to be polite to him. 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," she added.
Rajkumar Hirani’s name popping up under #MeToo movement has left the industry surprised. Vinta Nanda, who is also fighting a similar battle, took to her Twitter and 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."
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,"— Vinta Nanda (@vintananda) January 13, 2019
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