Bollywood actor Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao have issued a joint statement announcing their departure from an upcoming project without naming the film or the production house. Of course, the movie is Mogul and the director accused of sexual harassment is Subhash Kapoor.
In a joint statement by Aamir and filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao, the duo said: “At Aamir Khan Productions, we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behavior of any kind.” They said they were committed to making the industry a safe place.
The statement read, “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 behavior 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 inquiry, 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.”
Aamir Khan was all set to co-produce Subhash Kapoor directorial Mogul, which is a biopic of Gulshan Kumar. The film was also being produced by T-Series.