In one of the most shocking case of sexual harassment, filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani whose last film Sanju shattered records, was accused of harassing a woman who was working under him. The woman alleged that Hirani sexually abused her on more than one occasion over a six month period between March and September 2018. “My mind, body and heart were grossly violated that night and for the next 6 months,” the girl has been quoted as saying in Huff Post India which broke the story.
While Bollywood is still gathering its wits, the action has been taken. Hirani’s name has been dropped from the upcoming Sonam Kapoor starrer Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga that will release in February. Rajkumar Hirani is co-producer along with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, his long-time collaborator who also produced Sanju and the previous Munnabhai films. Now, we hear that the much-awaited Munnabhai 3 has also been put on hold.
A report in Mid-Day says that Fox Star India has a three-film deal with Vidhu Vinod Chopra Films (VCF) and it is this studio that has exerted pressure. Apparently, it has been conveyed to Chopra that it will exit the partnership if VCF continues to collaborate with Rajkumar Hirani’s company. Munnabhai 3 is currently in its pre-production stage. The makers will wait for the case to reach its logical conclusion.
Meanwhile, the Chopras – Vidhu Vinod and his wife, noted critic, Anupama Chopra – have promised to stand by the victim and help her. The production house has even set up a committee to investigate the matter.