With the rise in sexual harassment cases coming to light with #Me Too, Bollywood Industry has been hit hard. In the latest instance, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao walked out of the production team of Mogul, the biopic venture on T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar, citing their unwillingness to work with a team where someone accused of sexual harassment was a member.
Taking action on this T-series, the producers for the movie, have sacked the director Subhash Kapoor. Subhash has a court case registered against his name for sexual harassment. The case has been filed by Geetika Tyagi who claims that he molested her in the year 2014.
Bhushan Kumar, head of T-Series supports his action with the statement “It is our foremost duty to make our industry safe for everyone, make an industry that creates an environment of equality and a better place to work. With the on-going proceedings against the director that have been brought to our notice, everyone at T-Series has decided to not work with the director”
Aamir Khan has claimed a zero tolerance policy for “sexual misconduct”. Once the case was brought to attention, he felt that he could not work with someone who had been accused of crossing the limits in this respect.
Geetika Tyagi has expressed her gratitude for the support shown by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. 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.”
Subhash Kapoor has accepted the decision and has expressed hope that he will be able to come clean in the court of law. Along with this, he has raised a question “Is secretly filming a crying woman without her consent and knowledge and uploading it on social media, not harassment or abuse? Or is it fine if she is related to someone who is “accused” of a misconduct? If your answer is latter then for me it’s nothing less than a khaap panchayat mentality” He refers to the video which has been uploaded by the said victim in which his wife is pleading her not to go public with her accusations.