One of the most celebrated Bollywood actor Aamir Khan on Wednesday said that he is leaving an upcoming project while maintaining its anonymity, saying he has been informed of “sexual misconduct” on the part of a collaborator. The being talked about is the Gulshan Kumar biopic‘Mogul’, the director of was Subash Kapoor and was accused of molesting a woman.
In a joint statement the duo, Aamir and filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao said that Aamir Khan Productions have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misbehavior and rapacious behavior of any kind. They also said they were committed to making the industry a secure 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 Khan and Kiran Rao also declared that they were distancing themselves from an upcoming project as the person concerned has been 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,” the statement added.
The actor said that they were not in any position to pass a judgment on anybody as that is the work of police and judiciary but the actor mentioned that a clearout is essential in the industry.
Talking about the project Bhushan Kumar of T-Series said to 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 told PTI, “No.. We won’t. We are not making (the film) with him.” Kapoor remained unavailable for comment. He was accused of molestation by a female actor.
It may be mentioned that Aamir was supposed to produce the biopic of Gulshan Kumar that was to be directed by Subhash Kapoor. Subhash Kapoor had been accused of sexual harassment by actor Geetika Tyagi. When this news came out Geetika tweeted a note of thanks for Aamir on Wednesday. She wrote “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,”
However, Subash Kapoor said that he respects Aamir’s decision.