Actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja was among the first few celebrities to support the #MeToo movement that started in India last year.
In the wake of #MeToo movement, few of the biggest names of Bollywood have come forward including the likes of Nana Patekar, Alok Nath and Sajid Khan. But the name that came as a shock to everyone was that of director Rajkumar Hirani.
When asked about her take on the accusations levelled against Hirani, Sonam Kapoor said she stands by the #MeToo movement but feels judgement should be reserved in the case of filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani.
Hirani was associated as a co-producer of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ but his name was dropped after an article in HuffPost India claimed that he had sexually abused an assistant on the set of ‘Sanju’.
“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 I 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 said in response to a question asked by PTI during an interaction with reporters.
Sonam, who has been an advocate of #MeToo movement, 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 what is actually happening and understand what is actually happening. I promise after the film releases, I will have something to say,” she said.
“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,” she further said.
Sonam said one needs to be patient and have a better understanding while talking about the issue.
“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,” she said.
Sonam said she would want to believe every woman but asserted in case of Hirani one needs to reserve judgement.
“This film is important and it should not become about that. If I have to sit down and talk about it, I can talk about it at length but we need to be careful about the people we accuse and people whose side we take. You have to take side and I don’t believe in sitting on the fence so I will take my side when I have to,” she concluded.
Sonam Kapoor’s next movie ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ will release tomorrow.