#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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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