Just when we thought that we might not hear any more about women being sexually harassed, there is a new name from the industry who has been accused of sexual assault. The name is the celebrated filmmaker, Raju Hirani. According to the accused, Hirani abused her sexually for 6 months, and she was harassed during the post-production of one of the hit films of 2018, Sanju between March to September 2018. The irony is that it was during this time that the #MeToo movement was at its peak in the industry, and the country.
The victim sent an email to Anupama Chopra, Abhijat Joshi, Vidhu Vinod Chopra specifically. Her email read the following.
“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. 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.”
But Raju has Sharman Joshi as good friends who stood up for him in this tough time. Sharman Joshi who has worked with Hirani in 3 Idiots said,
“Raju Sir, is a man of immense integrity, character, honor, compassion, and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non-existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learned from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say is that this too shall pass and I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even stand up for yourself in a situation such as this." Sharman signed off the note saying, "I stand for Raju Hirani.”
Raju Hirani has made some of the hit Bollywood films of all times. some of his best films include 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Rho Munna Bhai, Sanju, and PK.
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