Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani accused of sexual assault

MeToo SANJU director Rajkumar Hirani accused of SEXUAL HARASSMENT by his assistant

MeToo SANJU director Rajkumar Hirani accused of SEXUAL HARASSMENT by his assistant

The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead.

While there was much buzz about the film going on floors later this year, the director, Rajkumar Hirani was called out for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who worked with him on his 2018 film "Sanju", starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role.

Talking about the incident in an interview with Huffington Post, the alleged victim said, "I had no choice but to be polite to him".

I was anxious 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. In his statements to Bombay Times, published on Twitter, he has denied all the allegations and said that it's an attempt to malign his reputation.

HuffPost India has reviewed the email and spoken to the woman who made the complaint.

In an email seen by Huffpost, written by Hirani to Anupama Chopra, he said that his relationship with her husband was "crumbling under pressure" and he was open to being investigated by an independent body.

The woman sent an email about the alleged assault to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Hirani's long-time collaborator and one of the three producers on the 2018 biopic Sanju, the website reported. Helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film was appreciated by one and all. "These are two separate companies", she said in an email dated December 5, 2018 to Huffpost India.

"I have offered my full support and recommended that she take the complaint to a legal body or a neutral party since we can not be arbitrators or judges on this". She said she needed time to think through how she will take it forward. While last week there were reports about his name being dropped out from the posters of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, it seems that the current accusations could be the reason for such a drastic step being taken against the filmmaker. I am here to support her.

While Vidhu Vinod Chopra did not respond to the complainant's allegations, his wife Anupama confirmed to HuffPost India that the woman had shared an account with her, that Vinod Chopra Films (VCF) has since set up a committee to address complaints of sexual harassment.

IANS tried reaching out to Hirani, Anupama Chopra and Abhijat Joshi but got no response.

Hirani has made popular films like the Munna Bhai series, 3 Idiots and PK. "I can assure you that I will do what is ethical".

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