Boney Kapoor Defend Rajkumar Hirani Against Sexual Harassment


Boney Kapoor defended filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani in the wake of the sexual harassment allegations made against him and said that “Raj Kumar Hirani is too good a man to do something like this,”. When the 63-year-old filmmaker was asked for his responses to the accusation of harassment against Rajkumar Hirani, Boney Kapoor.

“I don’t believe this allegation. He can never do something like this.” Mr Hirani was implicated in sexual harassment allegations in a #MeToo account by a co-worker at his production house Rajkumar Hirani Films Private Limited, who has alleged that the filmmaker abused her over a period of six months, between March and September 2018, during the filming of Sanju.

The filmmaker had earlier denied all allegations levelled against him. In a statement he issued on Sunday, Mr Hirani said, “I was completely shocked when these allegations were brought to my notice about two months back. I had suggested immediately that it is essential to take this matter to any committee or any legal body. The complainant has chosen to go to the media instead. I want to very strongly state that this is a false, malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation.”

Besides Boney Kapoor, actress Dia Mirza, who starred in Mr Hirani’s 2006 film Lage Raho Munna Bhai and in 2018’s Sanju, defended the filmmaker.

“I am deeply distressed by this news. As someone who has known and respects Raju sir for 15 years I can only hope that a due official enquiry is conducted. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever worked with and I think it would be grossly unjust on my part to speak on this as I do not know the details. As for the #MeToo movement it rightfully encourages women to speak up and seek due process.”

Sharman Joshi, who had worked with Rajkumar Hirani in the 2009 film 3 Idiots, also extended his support to the director and tweeted: “Raju Sir, is a man of immense integrity, character, honour, compassion and truthfulness, all the virtues one would imagine are non-existent in people today, someone I am absolutely inspired by and have learnt from and because of whom I believe I have gone onto being a better person. All I want to say is that this too shall pass and I can imagine how demeaning it might be to even stand up for yourself in a situation such as this.” Sharman signed off the note saying, “I stand for Raju Hirani.”