Television and Bollywood actress Karishma Tanna came in support of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani who has been accused of sexual assault by a woman.
The actor has worked with Rajkumar Hirani in Sanju and said she is shocked and upset after hearing the allegations against the filmmaker.
In an interview to Bollywood Life, the actress said, “I would like to say that whoever is trying to do it, is very immature. Someone like him, a veteran and a respectable director and producer like him, I cannot even think of it. I have worked with him and it has been a brilliant pleasure and outstanding experience. When I heard the news, more than being shocked I was very upset.”
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“Whoever is trying to put allegations they should not forget that there is an option called NO. You can’t just put any false allegations, that is very immature”, the Grand Mastii actress added.
On the other hand, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar took to Twitter and shared a note showing his support for filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani.
“I had come to the film industry in 1965. After so many years, if I am asked who are the most decent people you met in this industry over almost 5 decades, perhaps the first name that will come to my mind is Raju Hirani. G.B Shaw has said: ‘It is too dangerous to be too good’,” Akhtar tweeted.
Sharman Joshi, Arshad Warsi, and Dia Mirza too have come out in support of the filmmaker.
On 13 January, a woman alleged that Rajkumar Hirani sexually abused her on multiple occasions during the six-month period between March and September 2018, according to Huffington Post.
She sent an email dated 3 November 2018, addressing co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra, Shelly Chopra, and scriptwriter Abhijat Joshi – all associated with the film Sanju, which was then in the post-production phase.
Rajkumar Hirani has denied all the allegations through his lawyer Anand Desai.