Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor on Wednesday said she stands by the #MeToo movement but feels judgement should be reserved in the case of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, who has been accused of sexual harassment.
Sonam plays the lead role in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, in which Rajkumar Hirani was earlier co-producing. However, after he was accused of sexual misconduct, his name was dropped from the credits.
“I am a huge supporter of the #MeToo movement and this is a very important question… This is not the right platform because our film is as important as the movement. I know Raju Hirani very well, I have known him for many years and have huge respect for him as a filmmaker and as a man. I think we all should reserve judgement and be very responsible before we say anything more on this subject… Because we don’t need to derail this movement,” Sonam told the press, reports PTI.
Sonam, had supported the #MeToo movement in the past, said more understanding is needed about the movement. “Media and all journalists don’t understand how important the pen is, how important your voice is and it can make or break a person’s life. So wait, do proper research and ask and understand what is actually happening. I promise after the film releases, I will have something to say.”
“But till things are not clear, don’t make click bait articles and play with somebody’s life. It will derail the movement completely.” She further said, “I always want to believe a woman but suppose by chance, if it is not true, then how bad it will be for the movement, especially if it is somebody like Raju Hirani.”
Celebs like Dia Mirza, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Boney Kapoor and Javed Akhtar have vouched for Rajkumar Hirani and saying that he is one of the ‘most decent personalities in the film industry.’
Sonam further added “One needs to be patient and have a better understanding while talking about the issue.”
She said, “With Tanushree Dutta (who kicked off the #MeToo movement in India last year) there was a lot of truth in the article, there was a lot of research done, lot of people came forward. So you understand where it is coming from.”
(Inputs from media reports)