Aamir Khan steps away from film associated with alleged sexual harasser

Aamir Khan steps away from film associated with alleged sexual harasser

As an effect of the movement, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao attend a special meeting of the Producers Guild.

Later on Wednesday evening Mr. Khan and Ms. Rao issued a statement saying that their production house, Aamir Khan Productions, is stepping away from the biopic.

After Aamir Khan's official statement, director Subhash Kapoor also released his statement which read, "I understand and respect Aamir khan's and Kiran Rao's decision".

Aamir and Kiran's decision to opt out of Mogul comes after actress Geetika Tyagi tweeted to Kiran, who is the chairperson of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, if she remembers that "her husband himself is working with Subhash Kapoor who's being prosecuted for sexual assault and molestation".

The dark underbelly of showbiz continued to be exposed on Wednesday as well-known women like actors Sandhya Mridul and Amyra Dastur came out about their unsavoury harassment experiences, even as the IFTDA (Indian Film & Television Directors' Association) sent a notice to actor Alok Nath who has been accused of rape by writer-producer Vinta Nanda. In 2014, Geetika Tyagi had uploaded a video, filmed on a hidden camera, on YouTube in which she was seen slapping Subhash and confronting his wife Dimple Kharbanda.

In a statement on Twitter, the duo behind Aamir Khan Productions said that the charges were brought the case were brought to their attention two weeks ago. "Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is sub-judice, and that the legal process is in motion", the statement read. Concluding this announcement, Aamir said that without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, or without coming to any conclusion, they have just chose to step away from the project that involves him.

They believe the #MeToo movement, which has led to people openly calling out those who have indulged in sexual harassment, is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change.

"We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgment on anyone - that is for the police and judiciary to do".

When asked whether T-Series will work with Kapoor, Bhushan told PTI, "No. If your answer is latter then for me it's nothing less then a khap panchayat mentality", he said.

"As creative people we have been committed to foregrounding and finding solutions to social issues, and at Aamir Khan Productions we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind".

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