#MeToo: Aamir Khan attends meeting at Producers Guild for safe working culture

Lawrence Kim
October 11, 2018

Aamir and Kiran said that as creative people, they have been committed to foregrounding and finding solutions to social issues. On Wednesday evening Aamir and Kiran issued a statement saying that their production house, Aamir Khan Productions, is stepping away from the biopic. The movement has resulted in actor Aamir Khan stepping down as a producer of Subhash Kapoor's upcoming biopic on Gulshan Kumar, the late founder of T-Series, owing to molestation charges levied against him by actor Geetika Tyagi in 2014.

While Aamir put out his statement without taking names, he was referring to the film "Mogul" which he was set to produce and reportedly also star in, and the person accused is "Jolly LLB" franchise fame Subhash Kapoor, who was set to direct it. Kapoor was earlier accused of sexually assaulting actress Geetika Tyagi and a video of her slapping her when he tried to apologise had surfaced before.

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.

"Two weeks ago, when traumatic #MeToo stories began emerging, it was brought to our attention that someone we were about to work with has been accused of sexual misconduct".

Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao who form a part of the initiative, attended a special meeting to discuss the steps that can be taken to make the industry a safer place for women to work without fear. "So, without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have made a decision to step away from this film".

Aamir and Rao said they were not in any position to pass a judgement on anyone as that is for the police and judiciary to do but stressed that a clean up was needed in the industry. Mr.Kapoor said that since the matter is sub judice, "he intends to prove his innocence in the court of law". "If your answer is latter then for me it's nothing less then a khap panchayat mentality", he said.

T-Series head Bhushan Kumar told the newspaper that his company would not work with Kapoor.

"With the ongoing proceedings against the director that is brought to our notice, everyone at T-Series has made a decision to not work with the director", Bhushan said in a statement to PTI.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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