#MeToo : Aamir Khan steps out from his next biggie
The ongoing #MeToo movement has taken Bollywood by storm, actor and producer Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao after a special meeting with the Producers Guild of India to discuss the steps that needs to be taken in future, has just released a statement in support of the movement and it seems Aamir Khan has opted to step out from the biopic MOGUL which he was co producing with T-series. The biopic was to be helmed by Subhash Kapoor.
The statement without taking names says that they were about to begin work with someone who has been accused of sexual misconduct and hence stepping out as the matter is subjudice at the moment.
Here is the full statement received and posted by Aamir Khan on his twitter account
“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 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.”