Raj Kumar Hirani is the latest to be hit with the me too movement in India. The director/producer has been accused of sexual assault by an assistant at his production house who has alleged that the acclaimed filmmaker abused her over a period of six months, between March and September 2018, while filming his last movie Sanju.
The woman wrote an email to Sanju producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, his wife Anupama Chopra and Abhijat Joshi screenwriter of Sanju alleging that Rajkumar Hirani had assaulted her during the post-production of the film, which released last year. “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 email read.
The woman said that she had “no other choice but to be polite to him” because her job was at stake. “I had no choice but to be polite to him. 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,” she added.
After the allegations against Rajkumar Hirani came out, his name has been dropped from the posters of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Rajkummar Hirani was the co-producer of the film, starring Sonam Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao and Juhi Chawla.