After Bollywood ace filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani was accused of sexually exploiting his assistant director, he denied all allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
After HuffPost India published an allegation of sexual misconduct on Hirani by his assistant director (during the making of Sanju), the ace Bollywood filmmaker has denied the said allegations on him. Hirani, through his lawyer Anand Desai, stated that all the allegations of sexual misconduct on him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory.
Hirani made headlines after reports of he sexually exploiting his assistant director more than once during a period of six months surfaced today afternoon. The woman had worked with him for Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju with the postproduction crew between March and September in 2018.
The survivor in November had written a detailed email to Sanju co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, in which she recalled her horrific story.
The woman shared the same story through an email to HuffPost India. As per the same report, in her email dated November 3, 2018, the woman said that on April 9, 2018, Hirani first made a sexually suggestive remark towards her, after which he sexually assaulted her at his home-office.
The woman, who in her email shared that she saw Hirani as a father figure until the assault, wrote, “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 mere assistant, a nobody – I will never be able to express myself to you. My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months.”
The woman revealed that Hirani, who was her boss and 30 years elder to her, intimidated her. She mentioned that she took great pains to hide the filmmaker’s act and behaviour towards her and tried to show normalcy. She did so as her father was suffering from a terminal illness and hence she desperately needed to continue with the job.
The email further read, “I had no choice but to be polite to him. 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. Because if Hirani said I wasn’t good, everybody would listen. My future would be in jeopardy.”