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Raj Kumar Hirani Is The First A-Lister From Bollywood To Be Called Out, Industry Remains Largely Silent

Subhash K . Jha

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 Has the MeToo movement finally claimed a hotshot in the entertainment industry? Calling out Raj Kumar Hirani in theMeToo movement is  a radical  step-up  in  the  naming and shaming  endeavour.

The monstrously  successful  creator  of  the Munnabhai series has silenced all his fans and friends in the film industry , all of whom are understandably loath to comment. 

One of  the rare voices that spoke up on being contacted was that of writer Apurva Asrani.

He  said, “I choose to believe the young lady as it takes much courage to speak up against such a powerful filmmaker and then risk being boycotted by the film industry. I think the producers did the  right thing by removing Mr Hirani’s name from the EkLadki Ko Dekha Toh Aaisa Laga  posters and  promos. This is something the Phantom producers had failed to do after allegations against Vikas Behl came to light.”

Actresss Dia Mirza who is a  close  friend  of Hirani  reacts with stupefied confusion. “I am deeply distressed by this 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.”

Adds filmmaker Hansal Mehta, “It is disturbing. I hope the  truth prevails and due  process is followed  to ensure a  quick and just resolution.”

Writer-director Vinta Nanda who  has named Alok Nath as her alleged rapist, is extremely vocal on the allegations against  RajKumar Hirani.

She says, “Despite having faced what I have personally, it’s hard to believe it. That’s what’s strange about how we’re conditioned by our feudal cultures. However it’s no secret that patriarchy after so many decades of industrialisation, which led to women having to join workforce’s across the world, is still too deeply entrenched in our social breeding. It’s no secret that multitudes of men and women in India lead dual lives, one what is required at home and within the family and the other that is required for them to be at work. Therefore it’s very hard to understand what’s going on in a persons head and it’s very easy to hide the negative manifestations of power behaviours within the binary.”

 Vinta wonders how  safe is  the workplace  for a vulnerable  woman. “My father had advised me long ago when I started working, that I should always choose a boss according to how liberal his wife is because that is how respecting he will also be towards me. Unfortunately I lost my father when I was still too young and when you’re left unprotected from a man whose got your back, you become prey to these very virtuous vultures (sic!). I reach out to this young girl. I trust her. I understand her and I feel the fear she has been made to face. I’ve been through the part in trying to be normal so that I could hold on to my work and so that I didn’t have to surrender to the destruction of my credibility that the powerful predator would have resorted to if I’d voiced what I’d gone through so I know what this young girl has gone through as well.”

 Vinta takes potshots at  Hirani’s  2018  blockbuster Sanju, the Sanjay Dutt bio-pic which portrays Sanjay Dutt as a benign philanderer. “When you create a film that glorifies a person who is brazen about being laid by as many women as whose names begin from the letters A to Z, there is every possibility that your motivations too can go wrong.”

 Speaking on the  deathly silence in  the  film industry Vinta comments, “The industry is frightened. There are skeletons hoarded in many cupboards out here and there’s no land left for them to be buried. This silence is what we call Sanatta in Hindi. Everyone is speechless. They don’t know what to say. They don’t know who they should protect, the predators who are their dear friends or the survivors who need their support.”

Vinta sees this as a moment  of reckoning  for the Indian entertainment industry. “This is a huge calling for the industry. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee and do what is right because you can’t veil the truth any longer. It’s also a moment in which the industry needs to introspect. It needs to come out of it’s we are family mode, where anything that happens remains within the family. It’s time for the industry to use this opportunity to become professional across the board. I would be bold enough to add that we should protect all survivors and help them heal but we should forgive all predators and perpetrators who harassed, assaulted and violated them before the #MeToo movement happened. From here onwards we should be strict, unforgiving and punishing to anybody who dares to 

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