Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he doesn’t want to comment on the sexual harassment allegations against filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani. The actor was speaking at a promotional event for his upcoming film, Thackeray when he was asked for his reaction on the allegations made on the director. However, Nawaz said that what he thinks about the case is something personal and he would only like to talk about his work in the media currently.
News agency PTI quoted the actor saying, “I just don’t want to talk about it. Why unnecessary create it all again. For me, my career is important. After so many years of struggle, I am getting to work so I want to focus on it. I want to try and stay away from all this. Now whether I get affected or not, it is a personal thing.”
While Nawaz decided to steer clear away from the issue, other celebs like Sharman Joshi and Boney Kapoor expressed a fierce stand on the matter. They supported Hirani by saying that he is a man of utmost dignity and can never commit a crime like this. Other celebs like Kartik Aaryan, Dia Mirza and Arshad Warsi mentioned it’s not right on their part to say anything because they don’t know all the details in the matter.
For the uninitiated, Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexually harassing a female assistant on the sets of Sanju over a period of six months. In a report published by Huff Post India, the woman claimed that Hirani harassed her more than once over a period of six months between March and September 2018. 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. As reported by the website, 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.”
However, Hirani has denied all the allegations. In his statements to Bombay Times, he said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back”. He has also questioned the woman’s decision of reaching out to the media to express her story. He has 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.”