In the wake of the #MeToo movement that is escalating day by day in the country, without taking any names Khan announced his and filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao's departure from an upcoming project, saying he has been informed of "sexual misconduct" on the part of a collaborator.
Meanwhile, Kapoor had released a statement saying, "I understand and respect Aamir Khan's and Kiran Rao's decision".
Earlier this week, Ms Tyagi pointed out that even though the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) had dropped films by directors or actors accused of harassment, Kiran Rao, the chairperson of MAMI, and Aamir Khan were still associated with Subhash Kapoor. The film was to be directed by Subhash Kapoor, who had been accused of molestation by actress Geetika Tyagi in 2014. In 2014, Geetika Tyagi had uploaded a video, filmed on a hidden camera, on YouTube in which she was seen slapping Subhash and confronting his wife Dimple Kharbanda.
Mentioning that spread of MeToo movement, he said that as the traumatic stories are emerging, they got to know that someone they were about to work with has been accused of sexual harassment too.
In the statement, the Dangal star wrote that Aamir Khan Productions has always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behaviour of any kind, and while strongly condemning any act of sexual harassment, they equally condemn any and all false accusations in such cases. "Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is subjudice and that the legal process is motion", according to the statement. The meeting was reportedly arranged to discuss the steps that needed to be taken to make the film industry a safer place for women. "So without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have chose to step away from this film", they maintained. "Since matter is sub-judice, I intend to prove my innocence in the court of law". "If your answer is latter then for me it's nothing less than a khaap panchayat mentality". "We are instituting a committee within the Guild to lead this effort, and we are determined to stay the course till workplaces in the industry are safe spaces for everyone", read an official statement from the Producers Guild of India.