#MeToo is the most widespread movement against harassment, which gives assault survivors strength and hope. While the movement began in the US, it has spread to numerous countries across the globe. And all with good reason! It has brought to fore the truth behind the facade of many famous personalities. So, is director Rajkumar Hirani next in the line of predators? It is disappointing to hear of such allegation against some of your favorite celebs. Or worse yet, a celeb that you idealize.
And from the looks of it, Bollywood is currently experiencing similar emotions with Hirani. However, does that mean that Bollywood celebs should completely keep mum on the matter?
Any and every MeToo allegation thus far has seen celebs make bold statements. In fact, some have even gone as far as saying they will make boycotts. But seems like Bollywood is singing a different tune this time around. For the uninitiated, assistant director for movie Sanju has come out accusing Rajkumar Hirani of assault. Hirani has strongly denied the allegations, calling them fake and mischevious.
However, what is surprising Netizens the most is how silent Bollywood is in the matter. Twitter is abuzz with people questioning this silence. Here is what some of the tweets went like:
Are actresses going to boycott Rajkumar Hirani?
— Deepika Bhardwaj (@DeepikaBhardwaj) January 13, 2019
Stunned silence by Bollywood, yuck!
Hey! STUNNED silence on #RajkumarHirani ?!?! Not surprised by any of the hypcorisy of Bollywood anymore !! Yuck!
— Rachit Mehrotra (@rachitmehrotra) January 13, 2019
Amusing how quite Twitter is
It’s amusing how quiet is Twitter after #RajkumarHirani story. 🙂
— Priyanka Sharma (@iPriyanka_S) January 13, 2019
The deafening silence exposes Bollywood’s hypocrisy
#RajkumarHirani is accused of alleged sexual harassment by d assistant director of his film #Sanju. The Bollywood industry, which supported d #MeToo movement some months back seem to b quiet now.🤔
Their deafening silence exposes d hypocrisy of Bollywood.https://t.co/P6LYxVcZ1N pic.twitter.com/duyIOZglNm
— sabina lamba (@SabinaLamba) January 14, 2019
So, where are the placards and open letters?
Why socially responsible actors and hyper active bollywood divas are silent on #RajkumarHirani
Where is placards and open letter?
— deepak joshi (@Joshideepak3) January 13, 2019
Well, Twitterati is clearly taking offense of Bollwyood’s silence on the matter. There are, however, a few celebs who have come out defending Rajkumar Hirani. Actress Dia Mirza for one maintains Hirani is one of the most decent human beings she has ever met. But the actress did reserve judgment on the matter.
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Actress #diamirza who has worked with #rajkumarhirani is the first one to speak up. "I am deeply distressed by this news. As someone who has known and respect 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. " she has said in wake of the sexual misconduct row against Hirani. @viralbhayani
Well, a lot is yet to be seen in the matter. There is, however, something worth taking note of. As per reports, the accuser wrote a mail to some Bollywood biggies informing them of the incident. And while the mail is dated November 3, 2018, it is only recently that the matter has come to light.
Are these the signs of foul play on part of these Bollywood biggies? Or is it the other way around? What do you think? Guess only time will tell.