The allegation of sexual harassment against Yash Raj Films’ talent and business head Ashish Patil, vehemently denied by Patil, could cause the otherwise-spotless production company a great deal of embarrassment.
I spoke to an actor who is very closely associated with Aditya Chopra and Yash Raj Films, and he felt the charge against Patil would seriously embarrass Adi Chopra.
“Adi is a complete recluse, a zero-controversy figure. For an employee of his production house to be under scrutiny is inexcusable for him,” says the actor.
Sources say Patil is likely to resign. However this being the first major allegation against an employee at Yash Raj, the think tank at the production house has begun to work overtime.
There may be other potential targets at Yash Raj.
In the meanwhile the head honcho of another leading production house which has a reputation for churning out uninterrupted hits, finds himself in a quandary as an actor from his underproduction franchise film has been accused of sexual harassment and the film’s director is known to be a notorious harasser.
“I want to take pre-emptive action . But tell me , what action can I take ?Sacking the offenders from an underproduction project would mean heavy losses for all the cast and crew. Why should they pay a price for crimes they haven’t committed?”