Filmfare has been facing backlash for including Rajkumar Hirani in its list of nominees for its upcoming award show. The director-producer has been nominated under the category Best Director and his 2018 film Sanju is in the running for Best Film.
Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on Sanju. The survivor had detailed her allegations in an email, dated 13 November 2018, which was sent to Sanju co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra and Shelly Chopra, director of Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga with which Hirani was also associated.
Twitter users have called out Filmfare for nominating Rajkumar Hirani despite the allegations against him pointing out that the move does disservice to the #MeToo movement.
If Bryan Singer had been nominated for an Oscar, or Harvey bloody Weinstein, @TheAcademy would've been lambasted into oblivion.— Sahir. (@sahiravik) March 14, 2019
But in India, we nominate Rajkumar Hirani for a @filmfare award barely two months after he was accused of sexual harrassment.
Filmfare nominated Rajkumar Hirani for best director?!!?!??! TELL ME AGAIN HOW MEN'S CAREERS ARE RUINED BECAUSE OF METOO ACCUSATIONS???— Gayathri Yadati (@gayathri_yadati) March 14, 2019
Despite everything their audacity to nominate Rajkumar Hirani. @filmfare is a sellout and bonafide trash!— LoveYouGlennClose (@vedant123) March 12, 2019
So, @filmfare has nominated @RajkumarHirani even when he has sexual harassment allegations against him and @MumbaiFilmFest dropped @anuragkashyap72 's Short film which had no connection with Phantom or Vikas Bahl. Such boot-lickers @jiteshpillaai @raghuvendras— Anshul गुप्ता (@niSHULk_opinion) March 12, 2019
Rajkumar Hirani has denied the allegations, calling them a “false, malicious and mischievous being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation”.
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