Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with the filmmaker on Sanju. After the accusation came to light on Sunday, Hirani issued a statement rubbishing the allegation.
“I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation,” Hirani’s statement read.
Here is how Bollywood stars are reacting to the allegation against Rajkumar Hirani:
Arshad Warsi, who has worked with Hirani in Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai, exclusively told indianexpress.com, “I have known Raju for so many years. I have never seen him do one thing wrong. He is a thorough gentleman. He is a nice, sweet and hardworking person. It’s hard. It’s very difficult to believe. When I heard it, it was a shock for me just like everybody else. I couldn’t believe it. I still don’t, to be honest.”
Film producer Boney Kapoor said he is shocked after hearing the accusation. Speaking to ANI, he said, “Rajkumar Hirani is too good a man to do something like this. I don’t believe this allegation. He can never do something like this.
Dia Mirza, who has collaborated with Hirani in Lage Raho Munna Bhai and Sanju, told PTI that she is deeply distressed by the news. “As someone who has known and respects Raju Sir for 15 years I can only hope that a due official enquiry is conducted. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I do not know the details,” the actor said.
Sharman, whose Raju Rastogi in Hirani’s 3 idiots became immensely popular, hoped the phase the director is going through currently will pass. “Raju Sir, is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person.
“All I want to say is that this too shall pass and I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even stand up for yourself in a situation such as this,” the actor told PTI.
Without taking any names, Vinta Nanda tweeted, “The latest on #MeToo is so disturbing. Who is it that women can trust? Can’t deal with these words anymore – “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory.”
The latest on #MeToo is so disturbing. Who is it that women can trust? Can’t deal with these words anymore ” “At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory,”
— Vinta Nanda (@vintananda) January 13, 2019
Veteran actor Amardeep Jha, who was seen playing Sharman Joshi’s mother in 3 Idiots and Anushka Sharma’s mother in PK, told Bollywood Life, “I’m shocked. I cannot even believe this. He was a man whom I used to look up to. On the sets, he used to be like a walking angel. After hearing the news, I have lost my mental peace. This is something that will be running in my head for so long.”
She further added, “I cannot pass any judgement on the girl but I strongly believe he cannot do this. But I really hope and pray that whosoever is the innocent his/her truth should be out and should get justice.”