Twitterti are in shock to hear about filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani being accused of sexual harassment by a female assistant while shooting for Sanju. In a report published by Huff Post India, the woman has claimed that Hirani harassed her more than once over a period of six months between March and September 2018. People on social media have expressed their disappointment considering Hirani is known as one of the most respected filmmakers in the industry today. Also Read - Shona Shona: Sidharth Shukla-Shehnaaz Gill Normalise Sexual Harassment in Song Laced With Sexist Lyrics
In various tweets, people have expressed how it’s difficult to come to the terms with the news and think of the ordeal the survivor must have faced. Her statements to the website also revealed that she had written a complaint about harassment on mail to Hirani and his colleagues including Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra and writer Abhijat Joshi. She said on the email, “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.” Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Police Praised for Making Men Squat on Road for Sexually Harassing Women
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Denying the allegations Hirani’s lawyer has stated, “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory.”
Here’s what the complainant said in her statement to the website, “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 filmmaker’s close friend and partner Vidhu Vinod Chopra has refused to comment on the issue. However, his wife and popular journalist Anupama Chopra said, “I’ve met the complainant twice. Both times, I have offered my full support and recommended that she take the complaint to a legal body or a neutral party since we cannot be arbitrators or judges on this. We also offered to set up an ICC at VCF (which we have set up since then) even though a VCF ICC could not have taken up the case since she was an RHF (Rajkumar Hirani Films) employee at the time. These are two separate companies”