#METOO POWER: AAMIR EXITS MOGUL
The actor has stepped away from the Gulshan Kumar biopic; producer Bhushan Kumar has ousted the film’s director Subhash Kapoor too
In the past few weeks, the #Metoo movement in India has been gaining steam. And in the wake of it, actorfilmmaker, Aamir Khan has decided to “step away” from the Gulshan Kumar biopic, Mogul. The decision came about due to allegations of sexual misconduct against the film’s director-writer Subhash Kapoor, who was accused of molestation by actor Geetika Tyagi in 2012. Aamir, who was co-producing the film, made a statement along with wife Kiran Rao, announcing his decision on Twitter late Wednesday evening. Though the statement did not mention the project and the person’s name, it said, “we have always had a zerotolerance policy towards sexual misconduct”, and after “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 subjudice, and that the legal process is in motion. We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgement on anyone that is for the police and judiciary to do. 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.”
Reacting to the decision, Subash tweeted within hours, saying, “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.”
The film’s co-producer, Bhushan Kumar told Indian Express that his company, Tseries, will not associate with Kapoor because of the allegations levelled against him and that “you can understand from his tweet he has nothing against us.” He added that he couldn’t comment if they will be able to get Aamir Khan on board once again after Subhash being dropped from the film.
Geetika, who had filed a complaint against Subhash, saying that he tried to rape her in 2012, had tweeted pointing out that though the Mumbai Film Fest has disassociated itself from directors and producers whose names have come out in #Metoo movement but “hope its chairperson #Kiranrao remembers tht @aamir_khan her husband hmslf is working wth #subhashkapoor who’s being prosecuted for sexual assault&molestation.” Post Aamir’s announcement to quit Mogul, she thanked him saying, “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.”
Aamir made a statement on Twitter. He wrote, “We have always had a zerotolerance policy towards sexual misconduct.”
Directorwriter Subhash Kapoor is accused of molesting actor Geetika Tyagi in 2012.