Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual harassment by a female assistant who worked with him on Sanju. In her complaint, she mentioned that she was harassed over a period of 6 months during the post-production of Sanju. According to a report in Huff Post India, the woman sent the mail complaining about the same to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. She also marked his wife Anupama Chopra and sister Shelly Chopra. The director has denied all the allegations through his lawyer Anand Desai.
The lawyer said, “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory.”
In her interview to HuffPost India, the complainant stated that she had to be polite to the director for the sake of her work.
“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.”
His lawyer stated that the allegations against Hirani are false and baseless.
On December 15, in an email to the portal, Desai wrote, “Our client Mr. Rajkumar Hirani has instructed us to state that he has granted you inspection of the written communications twice, the second time being today, when the same were organised in chronological sequence, pointing out the written communications from the “complainant” in context of the timelines of the allegations made by the ”complainant” resulting in your questions. It should now be absolutely clear to you that the allegations made by the ”complainant” are not only false, but are malicious and defamatory.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra refused to comment on the allegations. Anupama reacted to it saying, “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.”