Boney Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, and Arshad Warsi have come out in support of famous director-producer Rajkumar Hirani, who was accused of sexual harassment.
“Raj Kumar Hirani is too good a man to do something like this,” reports news agency ANI. “I don’t believe this allegation. He can never do something like this.”
In an interview, Arshad Warsi said, “I have known him for so many years and according to me he is a thorough gentleman, he is a very nice person. I have never seen him ever do anything wrong. So it is very difficult for me to accept this story.” Warsi worked with Hirani in both the sequels of Munna Bhai.
Actress Dia Mirza, who worked with Hirani in ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ and ‘Sanju’ told PTI, “I am deeply distressed by this news. As someone who has known and respects Raju sir for 15 years, I can only hope that a due official inquiry is conducted. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I do not know the details. As for the #MeToo movement, it rightfully encourages women to speak up and seek due process.”
Supporting his 3 Idiots director, Sharman tweeted: “Raju Sir is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion, and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non-existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say, Sir is that this too shall pass.”
Hirani was charged with sexual harassment by one of the assistant directors of his latest movie “Sanju”. However, Hirani denied all allegations.
Hirani issued on Sunday had issued a media statement, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false, malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation.”
Hirani is one of the successful directors in Bollywood. His Munna Bhai sequel-‘Munna Bhai MBBS and ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’- gained much popularity.
His latest film ‘Sanju’- actor Sanjay Dutt’s biopic- grossed $83 million at box office.