Gully Boy actor Vijay Raaz recently face molestation charges by a female crew member on the sets of Vidya Balan-led Sherni. Following the allegations, Raaz was arrested from a five-star hotel in Balaghat and was later released on bail, on the same evening. Later, an eye-witness had revealed to Mid-day that the incident that happened in the full view of 30 people present on the sets. Vijay Raaz later marked his presence on the sets to complete his shoot portions. Now during his latest conversation Raaz reacted to the entire fiasco and said he’s been pronounced guilty even without any investigation. He went on to add that in today’s time anyone can sabotage anyone’s career.
Raaz told Bombay Times, “Women’s safety is of prime concern. I have a 21-year-old daughter, so I understand the gravity of the situation. I am all for an investigation by the authorities. However, to ostracise me, suspend and terminate my services from my forthcoming films even before any sort of investigation, is shocking. I have no words to express. It’s a very dangerous place to be in. I have been working in the film industry for 23 years!”
The Loot Case actor further added, “Bohot mehnat se maine apna career banaya hai. Tinka tinka jodke maine apna ghar banaya hai. Anybody can sabotage anyone’s career? Kisine bol diya aur aapne maan liya that I am a harasser? People are bound to make judgements without hearing the other side of the story. No matter what the outcome of this case, aap pe ek thappa lag jaata hai. I have been pronounced guilty even before the investigation. My right to earn a livelihood is badly affected. Am I not the victim here? My old father who lives in Delhi, also has to face the society and so does my young daughter.”
Vijay Raaz further told the newspaper that he’s been working with the same crew for over a year and they often play cricket on set. “It’s how we are with each other. Yet, when I was told she felt uncomfortable, I apologised. This was in front of the entire crew. My apology meant I respect your feelings. But it didn’t mean that I acknowledged the claims made later at the police station. Saying sorry doesn’t always mean that you are wrong. It means you respect someone’s feelings more. I also have responsibilities and I need a job. Mere itney saalon ki mehnat can go down the drain if people jump to conclusions without verifying the claims. This should not be one-sided. Truth prevails but the damage is done,” he concluded. (ALSO READ: Vijay Raaz Arrested On Molestation Charges, Out On Bail; Team Sherni Sets Up An Internal Complaints Committee To Probe The Matter – Reports)
On the work front, Vijay Raaz will next be seen in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari co-starring Fatima Sana Shaikh, Diljit Dosanjh and Manoj Bajpayee. He also has Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi starring Alia Bhatt in the lead role.
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