Bollywood’s biggest MeToo scandal broke on Sunday afternoon with the HuffPost India report on the industry’s biggest director Rajkumar Hirani being accused of sexual assault. The complainant is a woman who has worked on the Sanjay Dutt biopic’s post-production crew between March and September of last year. The accusations came to light when the survivor recounted her abuse in an email (written in November) to Sanju co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Mr. Hirani has already employed the services of advocate Anand Desai to respond to the accusations.
The 56-year-old filmmaker has delivered some of Bollywood’s biggest hits including the two Munna Bhai films, 3 Idiots and 2018’s Sanju that netted ₹334.57 crore at the box office becoming the highest grossing film of the year.
For more than a month, it’s been an open secret in Bollywood circles that Mr. Hirani’s alleged misconduct would soon surface. In fact, even city tabloids have published blind pieces alluding to the incident with little doubt about the identity of the filmmaker in question. Just two days ago, news broke about Mr. Hirani’s name being dropped from the posters of the upcoming film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. When first released, the poster of the Sonam Kapoor-starrer was labelled under Vinod Chopra Films as well as Rajkumar Hirani Films.