Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan has finally confirmed the reports that he would be starring in and producing the movie ‘Mogul’, which will be directed by #MeToo accused director Subhash Kapoor. The movie is a biopic on one of the biggest names in Indian music industry Gulshan Kumar.
Aamir Khan, in an interview to Hindustan Times, confirmed that he is back with 'Mogul'. Earlier the actor and his Kiran Rao had issued a joint statement stating that they are opting out of ‘Mogul’ movie as someone associated with the film has been accused of sexual harassment. Later, the actor came on board as one of the producers. Now the actor is all set to star in the movie as well.
In the interview, Aamir went on to reveal that his search went places. After approaching actors like Varun Dhawan and Kapil Sharma, the makers came to a conclusion - one to see Aamir play the lead role in the film.
Clarifying why he is now working with the director, Aamir said, "Just to clarify, the case of Mr Kapoor was not a case of workplace misconduct," adding, "Without an ICC ruling, or a court ruling, how are we to decide whether the accused person is guilty or not. We’re in no position to do that. Who are we to believe? The person making the accusation? Or the person who has been accused? And how long will the case go on? How long are we to wait to decide? So, we reached the conclusion that, in this disturbed state of mind, and with so much discomfort, we’ll not be able to do the film."
Stating that post his action, T-Series terminated Subhash Kapoor's contract, which further led to nobody casting the Jolly LLB helmer, Aamir felt guilty about his action. "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 said, adding how a letter from IFTDA helped him make a decision about the movie.
"They appealed to me to reconsider my decision. When I read that letter, I felt even more guilty. Perhaps we’re doing the wrong thing," mentioned Aamir.
Aamir and Kiran, who were willing to give the #MeToo accused a second chance, decided to approach the matter in another way. They approached women who worked with him.
Talking about his experience while doing that, Aamir stated, "What we found is that, without exception, all of them spoke very highly of him. 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."
Sharing that he is a supporter of #MeToo movement even now, Aamir Khan added, "Of course I fully support the MeToo movement. And I urge women who have complaints to formally lodge them with their ICC (Internal Complaints Committee), which every organisation must mandatorily have. Every accusation of sexual misconduct must be investigated thoroughly and rigorously by the concerned ICC, and strict action should be taken against people found guilty."
Aamir Khan is currently busy with 'Lal Singh Chadha', in which he stars and also produces. The movie is an official remake of Hollywood classic movie ‘Forrest Gump’.