A day before yesterday, Aamir Khan, revealed that he has rejoined the Gulshan Kumar biopic Mogul both as a producer and actor. The 54-year-old star had resigned from the project when Mogul director Subhash Kapoor was accused in #MeToo movement by actress Geetika Tyagi. The actor revived his decision and told HT that he came to know post his exit from the project, the director was removed from many films and the case is still in court without a definite timeline. "...until such time that the courts reach a conclusion, is it that he/she should not be allowed to work? Is he to just sit at home and not earn? And so, we were in this troubled state for many months. I couldn't sleep at night because I used to constantly feel that my actions have inadvertently caused a person, about whose guilt I have absolutely no idea, to lose his right to work and earn a livelihood."
He further said, "What we found is that, without exception, all of them spoke very highly of him (Subhash Kapoor). Not only did they not feel any discomfort with him, but rather they went out of their way to praise him. They said that he looked after everyone on his set with great care. Caring, sensitive and supportive were the words used to describe him. Mind you, both Kiran and I are fully aware that these particular women may have had a very good experience working with Mr Kapoor, but that does not mean that he could not have misbehaved with some other woman. However, I cannot deny that this interaction with women who had worked with him, did give us comfort."
Actress Tanushree Dutta, who started the #MeToo movement in the country has reacted to Aamir Khan's decision and criticized him for rehiring an accused person. She told Midday, "How come nobody in Bollywood has sleepless nights when a woman becomes a victim of abuse and is not able to work due to the trauma and ostracisation... If he has agreed to hire this guy, why not hire the woman who suffered the consequences of his actions? Why do only the creepy men of Bollywood get compassion? Let the girls also see some of that saintly do-goodery." The actress further added, "Compassion should be universal. If it's so selective as is being displayed by the Bollywood's bigwigs, then it's not compassion. It's convenience and ignorance. Nobody bothered to ask me how I was doing when my livelihood was snatched away after the Horn Ok Pleassss harassment episode. No compassion for me, Aamir?
Well, now we have to wait for Aamir Khan's reaction on Tanushree Dutta's statement. Will it affect his decision? Only time will tell us
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