Aamir Khan-Kiran Rao On #MeToo Movement: We Believe That This Is An Opportunity For The Film Industry To Introspect And Take Concrete Steps Towards Change

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Bollywood's #MeToo movement gained momentum post Tanushree Dutta's allegations of sexual harassment on Nana Patekar on the sets of their 2008 film 'Horn Ok Pleasss'.

Written By Shreya Thakur | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Bollywood's #MeToo movement gained momentum post Tanushree Dutta's allegations of sexual harassment on Nana Patekar on the sets of their 2008 film 'Horn Ok Pleasss'. As celebrities from the Indian film fraternity open up about their experiences one after another, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao release statement post Producers Guild Of India meeting. 

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In a post shared on Twitter, the actor stated, "As creative people we have been committed to foregrounding and finding solutions to social issues, and at Aamir Khan Productions we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind. We strongly condemn any act of sexual harassment, and equally we condemn any and all false accusations in such cases. Two weeks ago, when traumatic #MeToo stories began emerging, it was brought to our attention that someone we were about to begin work with has been accused of sexual misconduct. Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is subjudice, and that the legal process is in motion. We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgement on anyone - that is for the police and judiciary to do.  

So, without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have decided to step away from this film. We do not want our action to reflect in any manner on the people involved in this case. We believe that this is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change. For far too long women have faced the brunt of sexual exploitation. It has to stop. In this regard we are committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in."


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Aamir, who has been mum on this issue, poured his heart out making his stance clear through the post. Meanwhile, during the meeting, Producers Guild Of India laid down guidelines for their modus operandi for the forthcoming weeks in the wake of sexual harassment cases at workplace. The Guild also stated that specialised workshops with the support of professional agencies will guide members on how to implement robust processes and best practices to deal with sexual harassment whether in their officers or on the sets of their productions. Read the full statement here.  



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