In the wake of Tanushree Dutta-Nana Patekar sexual harassment case, what Aamir Khan has issued with wife Kiran Rao is a must read. Many Bollywood celebs have been named and shamed in the past couple of weeks. Alok Nath, Sunil Grover, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher, Aditi Mittal, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, MJ Akbar all these people and many more have been named and shamed on various public platforms and on social media.
In this regard, Bollywood's perfectionist Aamir Khan's statement should be seen as the impact the #MeToo movement has had on the film industry as indeed on society, in general. #MeToo in Bollywood: Singer Kailash Kher Sexually Harassed Sona Mohapatra and She Tweets About it To Clarify Her Stand!
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 behaviour 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 enquiry 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
We at LatestLY believe and hope that #MeToo campaign and the message it has will only gain strength and momentum in the days to come and that in turn will make us asses our law system and our environment for the safety as indeed for the betterment of womanhood for the sake of true equality in the societies we live in!