In the wake of #MeToo Movement, the troubles for All India Bakchod (AIB) and Rajat Kapoor are just starting. After facing backlashes and criticism online, now the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) has decided to drop Rajat Kapoor and AIB’s films for their lineup.
MAMI has dropped AIB’s Chintu Ka Birthday and Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh from their lineup. This decision comes after allegations of sexual misconduct were raised against filmmaker Rajat Kapoor and one of the members of AIB named Utsav Chakraborty by multiple women online.
Film critic Anupama Chopra just shared a statement on social media which read, “We as an Academy (MAMI) strongly support the #MeToo Movement. In light of recent developments, we have decided to drop the following films from our lineup – AIB’s Chintu Ka Birthday and Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh. We want to use this opportunity to open the conversation, and find solutions to harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. Starting with this edition of the festival, we would like to unite the community to find positive and constructive ways to deal with it”
Chintu Ka Birthday, directed by Satyanshu and Devanshu Singh, was AIB’s first attempt at film production but the film has been dropped now.
MAMI is being held from 25th October to 1st November and both these films were to be screened at the festival under the India Story section which showcases independent Indian cinema.