Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, known for some biggest blockbusters in Bollywood like 3 Idiots, PK and Munnabhai series, was apparently accused by a woman who was working with him on the film Sanju. The complainant was an employee of his company, Rajkumar Hirani Films, and was a part of the team that worked on Sanju, the Sanjay Dutt biopic 2018.
In an interview with the HuffPost India, the woman reiterated the allegations and said that she was even intimidated by Hirani. His wife and film critic, Anupama Chopra was also marked on the mail along with a director of Vinod Chopra Films Pvt. The accusations came to light when the survivor recounted her abuse in an email (written in November) to Sanju co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
The email states that on 9 April 2018, Hirani made a sexually inappropriate remark and then sexually assaulted her at his home office.
In an email to Vidhu Vinod Chopra and others, she wrote, "I remember forming these words on my lips - "Sir". 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, '" the woman wrote in her email about that particular incident. While the woman, who has accused Hirani, says she was harassed for more than 6 months, Hirani has expressed shock over allegations and defended himself stating that he was the first to suggest that the matter be taken to any legal body.
"I was anxious 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", she said.
While speaking to Huffington Post, the woman, who is around 30 years younger than Hirani, said that she could not raise her voice that time because she was afraid of losing her job. "My future would be in jeopardy", she told the publication. He has denied the allegation. His statement read, "I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back". The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead.
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Huffpost also met Hirani on two occasions where he shares printouts of digital communication between him and the complainant to substantiate his claim of having a purely professional relationship with her. Rajkummar Hirani was the co-producer of the film, starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla.
Vidhu Vinod Chopra did not respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by HuffPost India on December 5, 2018.
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Abhijat also said that he is aware of the complaint, and is willing to provide full support to her.
"It's my duty to listen to the woman patiently". "I'm trying to do the best thing possible".