#MeToo: Sonam K Ahuja backs Rajkumar Hirani, says What if the allegations aren’t true?
It was Tanushree Dutta who began the #MeToo movement in India. She accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. After Nana Patekar, many Bollywood bigwigs including Subhash Ghai, Sajid Khan, Alok Nath and others made it to the alleged offenders’ list. The latest person who has been accused of misconduct is filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani.
The filmmaker was accused of sexual misconduct by an assistant director of his 2018 directorial ‘Sanju’. As per the report of HuffPost India, the woman had written a detailed mail to Hirani’s partner Vidhu Vinod Chopra and his wife Anupama Chopra two months ago. In the mail, the alleged victim shared that Hirani had sexually abused her for around 6 months.
Taking a cognizance into the matter, Vidhu Vinod Chopra dropped Rajkumar Hirani’s name as the producer of his upcoming film ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’. On the other hand, from Dia Mirza to Amardeep Jha to Arshad Warsi to Sharman Joshi, everyone has expressed their views on the matter and stood with Rajkumar Hirani.
And now, Bollywood actress Sonam K Ahuja has come forward in defence of Rajkumar Hirani. During a media interaction on Wednesday, the actress said, “In the Me Too movement, I always believe a woman. But in this case, we need to reserve our judgment. Two things here – one the film is as important as the movement and second, I have known Hirani for many years and I respect him as a filmmaker and a man. I will talk about it at length when the movie is released. But what if it’s (allegations) aren’t true, the movement will get derailed.”
Sonam further spoke by taking the example of the whole Tanushree Dutta controversy. She said, “In Tanushree’s case, there was proper research done and many people came forward and you know where this is coming from.”
Earlier, Hirani denied the charges and said that the accusations have been made to malign his reputation. In a statement, he said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. 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.”