The woman sent an email about the alleged assault to Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Hirani's long-time collaborator and one of the three producers on the 2018 biopic Sanju, the website reported.
The woman, according to Huffpost India, wrote in her email that Hirani had first passed sexually suggestive remarks to her on 9 April, last year. Film critic and Vidhu's wife Anupama Chopra has confirmed that the woman had shared an account with her, and that Vinod Chopra Films (VCF) has since set up a committee to address complaints of sexual harassment.
A woman who worked with Rajkumar Hirani in 2018 film "Sanju", alleged that the director had sexually abused her between March and September 2018. This is wrong. Because of this power structure. "You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody - I will never be able to express myself to you", the woman was quoted by HuffPost India as saying in her email to Chopra. She said that she was unable to quit her job and go public with her experience since her father was terminally ill and no one would have given her a job if Hirani spoke ill about her. Amidst all of this, Vinta Nanda, who accused veteran actor, Alok Nath of rape, has reacted to the harassment allegations levelled against Rajkumar Hirani.
Was This The Reason Why Hirani's Name Is Missing From The New Posters Of "Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga"? "I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation", his lawyer told Huff Post India.
Rajkumar Hirani is a popular director and has directed hit films like 3 Idiots, Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Sanju, PK and many more.
On the other hand, Rajkumar Hirani has denied all allegations made against him.
The filmmaker's close friend and partner Vidhu Vinod Chopra has refused to comment on the issue. These are two separate companies. She said she needed time to think through how she will take it forward.
"I have offered my full support and recommended that she take the complaint to a legal body or a neutral party since we can not be arbitrators or judges on this". I did not want in any way to pressurise her or steer her in any direction.
Anupama's response suggests that Vinod Chopra Films did not have an Internal Complaints Committee at the time the complaint was made.
Until further investigation the making of Hirani's upcoming film "Munna Bhai MBBS 3" has been stalled. Joshi told Huffington Post, "It's my duty to listen to the woman patiently". "I'm trying to do the best thing possible".