Arshad Warsi calls Rajkumar Hirani a lovely guy, says it is unfair to jump to conclusions

Arshad Warsi, who has worked with Rajkumar Hirani in the Munna Bhai movies, says he is a lovely guy who has not seen him do anything wrong. The director has been accused of sexual assault.
Arshad Warsi worked with Rajkumar Hirani in Munna Bhai movies.(IANS)
Arshad Warsi worked with Rajkumar Hirani in Munna Bhai movies.(IANS)
Updated on Jan 15, 2019 06:36 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByHT Correspondent

Actor Arshad Warsi, one half of the indomitable Munna-Circuit duo of Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai M.B.B.S, says it is wrong to jump to conclusions about the filmmaker as a #MeToo story has emerged against him. Arshad, who played Circuit in Hirani’s Munna Bhai series, says he has never seen even one thing wrong with the filmmaker.

Asked about a woman’s allegation that Hirani sexually assaulted her during the shoot of Sanju, Arshad told IANS here: “For me, to pass any sort of judgement or come to a conclusion is absolutely wrong because I don’t know exactly about the case. I don’t know how much truth is there or how credible this accusation is. Has the proper investigation been done? I don’t know about all that.

Rajkumar Hirani accepts the best director award for his film Lage Raho Munnabhai at the 2007 Bollywood Film Awards in Uniondale. (REUTERS)
Rajkumar Hirani accepts the best director award for his film Lage Raho Munnabhai at the 2007 Bollywood Film Awards in Uniondale. (REUTERS)

“I personally don’t like to jump to conclusions and pass my judgement and suddenly start looking at a person differently. I cannot do that, it’s not right to do that. What I feel about Raju? I think he is a fabulous gentleman. He is a lovely guy. My association with him is so long, and I have never seen one wrong thing about him.”

Arshad, who has worked with the director in films like Lage Raho Munna Bhai, said he has never seen Hirani behave inappropriately.

“I have never seen him behaving badly or doing anything incorrect. So, suddenly hearing this, you think, ‘How is this possible?’. I cannot say anything till it is all 100 per cent there... One cannot jump to a conclusion. It is not fair,” added the actor, who was here to promote his forthcoming release Fraud Saiyyan.

According to a HuffPost India article on Sunday, the woman claimed that Hirani sexually abused her on more than one occasion over a six-month period between March and September 2018. The 56-year-old filmmaker has denied the allegation.

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