Ever loved and famous for his unconventional movies, Raj Kumar Hirani is accused of sexual assault by the assistant director of ‘Sanju’ movie.
The woman has put the allegations on Raj Kumar Hairani that he passed sexually suggestive remarks on her earlier on April 9, 2018. She also reported that later the filmmaker tried to sexually assault her at his home office.
She reported the matter to co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra in a detailed email which she sent on November 3, 2018. She mentioned in the email that Hirani tried to abuse her more than once between the months of March and September 2018.
“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’,” she wrote of the April 9 incident in the email to Chopra, as quoted by HuffPost India.
The woman said that Hirani was a father figure for her.
“My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,” the email read.
Chopra’s wife, film critic Anupama, who is a director at Vinod Chopra Films Pvt Ltd, “Sanju” scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi and filmmaker Shelly Chopra, Vidhu Vinod’s sister, were also marked on the email.
The woman shared that she had to stay silent and bore the humiliation because of her helplessness as his father is suffering from a terminal illness. To save her job and reputation in the industry she had no other option.
“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. Because if Hirani said I wasn’t good, everybody would listen. My future would be in jeopardy,” she said.
However, Anupama Chopra has confirmed that the woman shared the incident with her when she set up a committee to address complaints of sexual harassment.
She said that she had offered her full support to the woman in this matter and suggested that she should take the complaint to a legal body or a neutral party.
“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,” she said in an email dated December 5, 2018.
This news has surely influenced Hirani public fame and reputation in the industry as his name is dropped from the new poster and trailer of “Ek larki ko dekha to aisa lga”, directed by Shelly Chopra.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has not yet commented on the matter.
Let’s see after Nana Patekar, Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan how the storm of #Metoo moment turns out for Hirani