Sonam Kapoor has finally reacted to the #MeToo allegations against her ‘Sanju’ director Rajkumar Hirani by saying that she 'always believes' the woman when she opens up on harassment, but in this case, she feels the movement could be ‘derailed’ if the allegations on the filmmaker were not true.
Speaking during a media interaction as a part of the promotions of her next film ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, the actress said she wasn’t keen to talk about the controversy as it wasn’t the ‘right platform’. However, the 'Neerja' star stated that the #MeToo movement was as important as her upcoming film. Speaking about her ‘respect’ for Hirani, Sonam said it was important to be responsible for their statements about the controversy considering it could harm the movement when it is ‘somebody like Raju Hirani.’
“I am a huge supporter of the #MeToo movement and this is a very important question... This is not the right platform because our film is as important as the movement. I know Raju Hirani very well, I have known him for many years and I have huge respect for him as a filmmaker and as a man. I think we all should reserve judgement and be very responsible before we say anything more on this subject... Because we don't need to derail this movement," Sonam was quoted as saying.
She added, "I always want to believe a woman but suppose by chance, if it is not true, then how bad it will be for the movement, especially if it is somebody like Raju Hirani."
Sonam was among the first celebrities to support Tanushree Dutta, considered flag bearer of the movement in India, by sharing a journalist’s account of the actress being allegedly touched inappropriately by Nana Patekar on the sets of a 2008 film. Sonam said research was done and a lot of people came forward in that case. The actress concluded by stating that she will choose the side she is on at the right time and that she doesn’t like to ‘sit on the fence’.
"With Tanushree Dutta, there was a lot of truth in the article, there was a lot of research done, lot of people came forward... so you understand where it is coming from,"
"This film is important and it should not become about that. If I have to sit down and talk about it, I can talk about it at length but we need to be careful about the people we accuse and people whose side we take. You have to take a side and I don't believe in sitting on the fence so I will take my side when I have to," she concluded.
A female assistant, who was working with Hirani, has accused him of sexually harassing over a period of six months while working on ‘Sanju’ in 2018. The ‘Munnabhai MBBS’ director has refuted the allegations. The filmmaker, who was a co-producer on 'Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga' has been dropped from his role in the posters of the film following the row.
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