Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has decided to ‘step away’ from a film, he was all set to co-produce, as ‘someone’ associated with it is accused of sexual misconduct.
In the aftermath of India’s #MeToo movement, the film in question is Mogul has been affected. Mogul is based on the famous Music Director Gulshan Kumar’s life and the person referred to as ‘someone’ is director Subhash Kapoor, who had been assigned the job to helm the film. Kapoor was also the writer and director for the famous Jolly LLB Movie Series.
Geetika Tyagi, Ex-Journalist and Actor,on Tuesday tweeted to Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, which has Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao as one of its founders, asking if Kiran “remembers that her husband himself was working with #subhashkapoor who is being prosecuted for sexual assault and molestation.”
Although @MumbaiFilmFest hs disassociated itslf frm directors&producer whose names have come out in #Metoo movement but I hope its chairperson #KiranRao remembers tht @aamir_khan her husband hmslf is working wth #subhashkapoor who’s being prosecuted for sexual assault&molestation
— Geetika Tyagi (@TyagiGeetika) October 9, 2018
Aamir conveyed his thoughts via a statement he made through twitter on Wednesday night. In his declaration, the actor mentioned neither the film nor the person because of whom he decided to opt out of it.
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) October 10, 2018
Tyagi acknowledged and appreciated the stand that Aamir and Kiran took by sharing another tweet which read, that the decision was commendable and this is the kind of support we want so that more and more women can come out.
— Geetika Tyagi (@TyagiGeetika) October 10, 2018
However, Bhushan Kumar, the co-producer, and Kapoor himself, have corroborated this piece of information. Subhash Kapoor, the director in question, tweeted his side saying while he respects Aamir and Kiran’s decision, he will prove his innocence in court of law.
“I understand and respect Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao’s decision. Since matter is subjudice, I intend to prove my innocence in the court of law. But I do want to raise a question – is secretly filming a crying woman without her consent and knowledge and uploading it on social media not harassment or abuse? Or is it fine if she is related to someone who is “accused” of a misconduct. If your answer is latter then for me it’s nothing less than a khaap panchayat mentality.”
My statement pic.twitter.com/EAlcaZpElY
— Subhash Kapoor (@subkapoor) October 10, 2018
What’s noteworthy is that Gulshan Kumar’s,son, Bhushan Kumar too, has decided to not work with Kapoor. However, he is not certain whether or not Aamir will join him back as a co-producer now when Kapoor has been shown the door. Kumar said,
“That I can’t comment now as u can understand from his tweet he has nothing against us but director.”
T-Series Boss also quoted in the same report as saying,
“It is our foremost duty to make our industry safe for everyone, make an industry that creates environment of equality and a better place to work. With the on-going proceedings against the director that have been brought to our notice, everyone at T-Series has decided to not work with the director.”
Mogul, which is slated for a Christmas 2019 release, is scheduled to go on floors in February next year.