Post the Producers Guild of India's meeting on sexual harassment, Aamir Khan posted a long tweet stating that he has backed out from a film based on accusations that has been leveled against a person he was set to work. Though he did not not take names, it was later reported that Khan dropped out of the biopic of Gulshan Kumar, titled 'Mogul', because of harassment charges against the director Subash Kapoor.The director who has a molesting case pending against him, said on Wednesday that he understands and respects Aamir Khan’s decision to exit the Gulshan Kumar biopic as producer.
The #MeToo movement that has that is escalating day by day in the country, without taking any names Khan announced his and filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao’s departure from an upcoming project, saying he has been informed of “sexual misconduct” on the part of a collaborator.
'Mogul' co-producer Bhushan Kumar said on Wednesday that Kapoor has been sacked from the job. “With the ongoing proceedings against the director that is brought to our notice, everyone at T-Series has decided to not work with the director,” Bhushan said in a statement to PTI.
Reacting to Khan’s announcement, Kapoor told PTI, “I understand and respect Aamir Khan’s and Kiran Rao’s decision. Since matter is sub judice, I intend to prove my innocence in the court of law.”
Actor Geetika Tyagi, who has appeared in films like “One By Two”, “Aatma”, “What the Fish”, has accused Kapoor of molesting her. In April 2014, Tyagi had filed a complaint with Versova police station alleging that he tried to rape her two years ago. Following which, Kapoor was arrested and let out on bail after paying a sum of Rs 10,000.
In 2014, a video, which was apparently taken with a hidden camera had Tyagi, Kapoor and his wife in it. In the video, Tyagi is seen slapping Kapoor, which the aspiring actor had put on social media. The director, best known for Jolly LLB series, questioned Tyagi’s motives of sharing the video on the internet.
In a joint statement, Aamir and filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao had also said, “At Aamir Khan Productions we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind.” They said they were committed to making the industry a safe place.
(With inputs from PTI)