Famous Bollywood director Rajkumar Hirani known for critically acclaimed movies like the Munna Bhai series, 3 idiots, PK and Sanju has been accused of sexual assault, Huffington Post India reported.
The women who worked with Hirani on Sanjay Dutt’s biopic is the victim. According to the report Rajkumar Hirani sexually assaulted her between March and September 2018.
The accusations were made through an email addressed to producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Film critic Anupama Chopra, screenwriter Abhijat Joshi and Vidhu Vinod’s sister Shelly Chopra were also marked in the email dated November 3rd2018, the publication reported.
The woman said Hirani passed a sexual remark on April 9th, 2018 and then assaulted her.
The email sent by the woman read, “I remember forming these words on my lips – “Sir. This is wrong…Because of this power structure. You being the absolute power and me being a mereassistant, a nobody – I will never be able to express myself to you.”
The email continues, “My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months.”
“I had no choice but to be polite to him,” the woman told Huffington Post India. “It was unbearable but the reason I endured it all, until I couldn’t, was because I didn’t want my job to be taken away from me, and work to be questioned. Ever.”
“I was worried 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,” the woman said. “Because if Hirani said I wasn’t good, everybody would listen. My future would be in jeopardy.”
Hirani denied the accusation and responded with the following statement.
The filmmaker 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 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.”
This accusation has added to the numerous others that have come out under the #MeToo movement. Multiple Bollywood stars like Aloknath and Nana Patekar were the first to be accused. Since then many others like director Sajid Khan and some comedians have been accused of sexual assault in India.