Film producer Boney Kapoor has come out in support of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani after he got accused of sexual harassment by an assistant working on his film Sanju. Kapoor said he is in shock ever since the allegations have surfaced and he doesn’t believe Hirani could harm anyone. Kapoor in his statement to ANI 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”.
Earlier, even actor Sharman Joshi expressed his stance on the matter and said Hirani is a man of integrity and character and that he stands with the filmmaker in this difficult phase. He tweeted, “Raju Sir is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non-existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say, Sir is that this too shall pass. I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even stand up for yourself in a situation such as this” (sic). He made the statement using ‘I Stand For Raju Hirani’ hashtag on Twitter.
The entire issue has left Twitter divided. While most people are in shock over allegations against Hirani, some others are wishing for him to come out clean. Sharman Joshi is the first Bollywood celebrity to have taken an open stand in the matter. Earlier, actor Dia Mirza mentioned that it won’t be right on her part to talk about the issue without knowing the details.
Dia Mirza’s statement on sexual harassment allegations against Rajkumar Hirani (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images/ India.com)
Dia talked to Pinkvilla and said, “I am deeply distressed by this news. As someone who has known and respects Raju Sir for 15 years, I can only hope that a due official inquiry 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”.
A report published on Huff Post on January 13, 2019, claimed that a woman accused Rajkumar Hirani of sexually harassing her more than once over a period of six months on the sets of Sanju. The filmmaker denied all the allegations and released a statement saying he was in shock to hear about the allegations that were brought to his notice a few months back.
In his statements to Bombay Times, published on Twitter, he said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back”. He also questioned the woman’s decision of reaching out to the media to express her story. He added, “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”.