2018 was quite an eye-opening year, to say the least. The
#TimesUp movement had only trickled down to India later in the year, it did and
how! Many popular faces and celebrities were outed on their sexually
inappropriate actions. After the #MeToo movement started gaining momentum in
Bollywood, several organizations started setting up cells for reporting such
incidents as well. While we may be in the new year, reports of allegations such
as these are still surfacing. Recently, Sanju director Rajkumar Hirani was
accused of sexual harassment by a co-worker who alleged that he had abused her
for over six months during the filming of Sanju. When the reports had come out,
the director had released an official statement in which he expressed his shock
in getting to know this. He even disclosed how he had immediately suggested that
the complainant approach a legal body. Through the statement, he had
categorically denied all the accusations made by the complainant.
Now, some B-Town celebrities have also spoken in defence of
the director. Boney Kapoor expressed his disbelief in hearing such reports and
even said that Raju Hirani is too good a man to do something like that. He
further went on to say that he can never do a thing like this.
Recently, even Arshad Warsi, who has been associated with
the director for the hit Munna Bhai franchise, also reacted to the reports
while speaking to IANS. He said that it wasn’t wise to jump to conclusions
without any proof of the same. He also talked about his long association and
said that he has never seen the director behaving badly to anyone in his
presence and that he is a lovely guy.
The Sanju actress, Dia Mirza also expressed her distress
while in conversation with PTI. When she got to know of the reports that were
doing the rounds, she said that she hopes there is a proper investigation conducted
regarding the same and it is unfair to comment any further as she does not know
any details. She also added as to how the #MeToo movement was great as it
encourages women to come forward and seek justice.
We too hope there is a thorough investigation conducted on
this and justice is served to the right party.
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