All is not well in Bollywood these days as a slew of women are coming to the forefront accusing many high-profile names of sexual molestation and predatory behaviour. Just yesterday, superstar Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao issued a joint statement, saying that they have decided against working on an upcoming film, as someone associated with it has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman.
Though Khan did not name any particular person or the project in his statement, it was clear who he was referring to. The actor was talking about director Subhash Kapoor who was about to helm the Gulshan Kumar biopic, Mogul, which was to be jointly produced by T-Series head Bhushan Kumar and Aamir Khan. However, Bhushan has revealed to a daily that Subhash Kapoor, who is believed to be the person Aamir and Kiran named in the statement, will no longer direct the movie.
After Aamir and Kiran’s statement went viral on social platforms, Subhash Kapoor also tweeted, “I understand and respect Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s decision. Since the matter is subjudice, I intend to prove my innocence in the court of law. But I do want to raise a question – is secretly filming a crying woman without her consent and knowledge and uploading it on social media, not harassment or abuse? Or is it fine if she is related to someone who is allegedly accused of misconduct? If your answer is latter, then for me it’s nothing less than a khaap panchayat mentality.”
Geetika Tyagi, the girl who accused Kapoor, praised Aamir Khan for stepping away from Mogul. But it will be interesting to see whether or not the megastar returns to the project after Bhushan Kumar’s decision of sacking Subhash Kapoor as the director.