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A few days back, in the wake of #MeToo movement, Aamir Khan had quit the Gulshan Kumar biopic titled, Mogul. He took the action, when Geetika Tyagi tweeted to Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival (Kiran Rao is the chairperson), reminding them of the sexual harassment by the Mogul director, Subhash Kapoor.
Soon after which, the Aamir Khan, who was supposed to co-produce the film, released a statement that, “we have decided to step away from this film.”
Now, according to a latest report in Mumbai Mirror, the
actor has returned to the project as the director Subhash Kapoor has been shown
the door. A source close to the makers told Mumbai Mirror, “The script is
close to Aamir and he wants to make the film. Bhushan and he have had a number
of meetings since and decided to collaborate on Mogul again. The hunt is on for
another director. They are also looking at finalising the cast so they can roll
with the film, ASAP.”
“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. We strongly condemn any act of sexual harassment, and equally we condemn any and all false accusations in such cases.
Two weeks ago, when traumatic #MeToo stories began emerging, it was brought to our attention that someone we were about to begin work with has been accused of sexual misconduct. Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is subjudice, and that the legal process is in motion.
We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgement on anyone – that is for the police and judiciary to do. So, without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have decided to step away from this film.
We do not want our action to reflect in any manner on the people involved in this case.
We believe that this is an opportunity for the film industry to introspect and take concrete steps towards change. For far too long women have faced the brunt of sexual exploitation.
It has to stop. In this regard we are committed to doing any and everything to make our film industry a safe and happy one to work in.
Kiran Rao and Aamir Khan”
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