#MeToo ef­fect: Aamir drops out of pro­duc­ing Gulshan Ku­mar biopic

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Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Aamir Khan on Wed­nes­day an­nounced his depar­ture from an up­com­ing project while main­tain­ing its anonymity, say­ing he has been in­formed of “sex­ual mis­con­duct” on the part of a col­lab­o­ra­tor. The project be­ing talked about is the Gulshan Ku­mar biopic ‘Mogul,’ the direc­tor of which, Subash Kapoor, was ac­cused of mo­lest­ing a woman. Kapoor is ac­cused of mo­lest­ing ac­tor Geetika Tyagi in 2014 and the mat­ter is in court.

In a joint state­ment by Aamir and his film­maker-wife Ki­ran Rao, the duo said, “At Aamir Khan Pro­duc­tions, we have al­ways had a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy to­wards sex­ual mis­con­duct and preda­tory be­hav­iour of any kind.” They said they were com­mit­ted to mak­ing the in­dus­try a safe place.

“We be­lieve that this is an op­por­tu­nity for the film in­dus­try to in­tro­spect and take con­crete steps to­wards change. For far too long women have faced the brunt of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion. It has to stop.” Aamir and Rao also an­nounced that they were dis­tanc­ing them­selves from an up­com­ing project as the said per­son is ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

“Two weeks ago, when trau­matic #MeToo sto­ries be­gan emerg­ing, it was brought to our at­ten­tion that some­one we were about to be­gin work with has been ac­cused of sex­ual mis­con­duct. Upon en­quiry we found that this par­tic­u­lar case is sub-ju­dice, and that the le­gal process is in mo­tion,” the state­ment read. “So, with­out cast­ing any as­per­sions on any­one in­volved in this case, and with­out com­ing to any con­clu­sions about these spe­cific al­le­ga­tions, we have de­cided to step away from this film. We do not want our ac­tion to re­flect in any man­ner on the peo­ple in­volved in this case,” it added. Aamir said they were not in any po­si­tion to pass a judge­ment on any­one as that is for the po­lice and ju­di­ciary to do but added that a clean up was needed in the in­dus­try.

When con­tacted about Aamir’s de­ci­sion to part ways with the project, Bhushan Ku­mar of T-Se­ries told PTI, “He (Aamir) doesn’t want to work with Sub­hash Kapoor be­cause of his unfinished case.” When asked whether T-Se­ries will work with Kapoor, Bhushan said, “No... We won’t. We are not mak­ing (the film) with him.” Kapoor re­mained un­avail­able for com­ment.

Though they re­frained from tak­ing any names, Aamir was sup­posed to pro­duce Gulshan Ku­mar biopic, di­rected by Sub­hash Kapoor, who had been ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by ac­tor Geetika Tyagi. She tweeted a note of thanks for Aamir on Wed­nes­day. “This is COM­MEND­ABLE and this is the kind of sup­port we want so that more and more women can come out. Thank you @aamir_khan thank you #Ki­ranRao #TimesUp #MeTooMove­ment,” she wrote in her tweet.

Subash Kapoor, in an in­ter­view to a lead­ing daily, said he re­spects Aamir’s de­ci­sion. “I un­der­stand and re­spect Aamir Khan’s and Ki­ran Rao’s de­ci­sion. Since mat­ter is sub­ju­dice, I in­tend to prove my in­no­cence in the court of law.”

Sub­hash Kapoor, who was sup­posed to direct the biopic, is ac­cused of mo­lest­ing ac­tor Geetika Tyagi and has been dropped from the project

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