During the media interaction for Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, both Sonam K Ahuja (better known as Sonam Kapoor) and co-star Rajkummar Rao were asked about the sexual-harassment allegation against director Raj Kumar Hirani. While Sonam took the moderate wait-and-watch stance on the issue, Rao, went all-out with blazing guns demanding an impartial inquiry into the matter.
The media applauded his brave stance considering he had acted in a film that was associated with Raj Kumar Hirani. Apparently, the actor was later told by the media/marketing team to curb his opinion on the issue, “if he knows what’s good for him.”
While Rao remains undeterred, a source in the know says, “The only voices one hears in this issue are voiced defending him. The voices of dissent are quiet because …well, everybody wants to work with Hirani. Rajkummar was asked to go easy with his opinion.”
A whole lot of voices from the film industry have come forward to support Hirani. Others like Sanjay Dutt who has a deep connection with Hirani thanks to the Munnabhai films have stayed away from making any comment. Rajkumar Hirani is one of the most respected and successful directors of Bollywood so the accusations had sent shockwaves among his fans. So far there has been no further development on the issue after the initial allegations and reports came out.