Aamir Khan was gearing up for his next movie Mogul, a biography of Bhushan Kumar’s father and founder of T-series Gulshan Kumar. Aamir along with his wife Kiran Rao were supposed to co-produce the movie. Recently, due to allegations of sexual harassment against the director of the film, Subhash Kapoor they came out with a statement telling that they both are walking away from this movie.
Aamir Khan would be seen in Thugs of Hindostan releasing on November 8, 2018 with co-star Amitabh Bhachchan.
Director Subhash Kapoor is accused of molesting actor Geetika Tryagi in 2014 and the case in now in court.
Geetika tweeted about the #MeToo movement increased momentum and indirectly targeted Aamir Khan to say something about why is he still working with the director who’s being blamed for harassing her.
Although @MumbaiFilmFest hs disassociated itslf frm directors&producer whose names have come out in #Metoo movement but I hope its chairperson #KiranRao remembers tht @aamir_khan her husband hmslf is working wth #subhashkapoor who’s being prosecuted for sexual assault&molestation— Geetika Tyagi (@TyagiGeetika) October 9, 2018
Aamir is known for putting his sensibilities into his movies, came out with a joint statement about not working with Subhash and walking away from the film along with his wife. In the statement, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao clearly mentioned that their production houses have zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and they feel that #MeToo movement is a right time for Indian film industry to introspect and change.
After this statement Geetika re-tweeted that Aamir Khan’s decision is commendable and this is the kind of support victim’s require.
Bhushan Kumar told in an interview with leading journal, "It is our foremost duty to make our industry safe for everyone, make an industry that creates environment of equality and a better place to work. With the on-going proceedings against the director that have been brought to our notice, everyone at T-Series has decided to not work with the director.”
Although the Jolly LLB director has been completely removed from Mogul but there’s still no confirmation from Aamir Khan whether he will be a part of this biopic or not. "That I can't comment now as you can understand from his tweet he has nothing against us but director." Bhushan Kumar added.
When Subhash Kapoor was asked to comment about Aamir’s statement he said, "I understand and respect Aamir Khan's and Kiran Rao's decision. Since matter is subjudice, I intend to prove my innocence in the court of law. But I do want to raise a question - is secretly filming a crying woman without her consent and knowledge and uploading it on social media not harassment or abuse? Or is it fine if she is related to someone who is "accused" of a misconduct. If your answer is latter then for me it's nothing less than a khaap panchayat mentality." Here he has referred himself as ‘someone’ in the statement.