Rajkumar Hirani Sexual Harassment Scandal And Bollywood Deafening Silence

Mina Muzumdar |Jan 15, 2019

Producer of many blockbusters, Rajkumar Hirani just recently faces sexual assault by his colleague on the set of 'Sanju'. Metoo movement which making waves in the industry last year, however, is experiencing a deafening silence from Bollywood.

Sexual harassment in all of its form was far too hurt for one person to carry. Last year, Bollywood was exploded with detailing countless sexual harassment accusations against influential men in the industry. As the accusation pouring out, big name taking hit, #Metoo has begun to make change in India.

Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta is the first person who came forward to reveal her horrible experience. In an interaction with media, the former beauty alledged veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexual abuse on the sets of Horn Ok Please. In a country like India where sexual assault is normalized until it seeped into women’s subconscious, Tanushree Dutta broke the silence. Since then, many women have been inspired to call out the predators.

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#Metoo revelation has shamed and named many big Bollywood celebrities such as Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Anu Malik and more. Also, as #Metoo story accumulated in the media, Bollywood celebrities like Farhan Akhtar, Swara Bhasker, Sonam K Ahuja, Ayushmann Khurrana, Deepika Padukone has extended their solidarity. Although media is helping women to share experiences of sexual violence and calling out sexually predatory behaviour, another Bollywood biggies were accused of misconduct.

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In her statement, the assistant director alleged that she was mistreatment at the hand of director Rajkumar Hirani for more than 6 months during the filming of Sanju. Earlier, she denounced Rajkumar inappropriate behaviour to Vidhu Vinod Chopra. After that, Chopra opened up an enquiry and dismissed him from Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’s producer.

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While Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s team leave no stone unturned to make sure that their film links with deviant. However, in comparison with number of vocal supporters few months ago, B-town is seemingly staying mum. Many Bollywood celebrities who used to work with the director until now remain their silence about the accusations against the director.

This deafening silence is disturbing as it once again shows public willful ignorance of shameful sexual behavior at workplace. Bollywood superstar like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan and many other are fully understanding the impact of their voice if they speak up.

The question is that why Bollywood stars are maintaining a dignified silence regarding powerful director Rajkumar Hirani?

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