Javed Akhtar calls Rajkumar Hirani the most decent person he has met in Bollywood in 50 years

Lyricist Javed Akhtar has come out in support of director Rajkumar Hirani, saying, “After so many years if I am asked who are the most decent people you met in this industry over almost 5 decades, perhaps the first name that will come to my mind is Raju Hirani.”
Director Rajkumar Hirani during the announcement of India's Storytellers Script Contest in Mumbai. (IANS)(IANS)
Director Rajkumar Hirani during the announcement of India's Storytellers Script Contest in Mumbai. (IANS)(IANS)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 04:54 PM IST
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Mumbai | ByIndo Asian News Service

Rajkumar Hirani is among the most decent people in the Hindi film industry, veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has said in support of the filmmaker, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by a woman.

“I had come to the film industry in 1965. After so many years, if I am asked who are the most decent people you met in this industry over almost 5 decades, perhaps the first name that will come to my mind is Raju Hirani. GB Shaw has said: ‘It is too dangerous to be too good’,” Akhtar tweeted on Wednesday.

 

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

Akhtar is not the first person who has come out in support of Hirani, who has helmed films like the Munna Bhai franchise, 3 Idiots and Sanju. Sharman Joshi, Dia Mirza and Arshad Warsi have stood by him, and said it is wrong to jump to conclusions and to suddenly start looking at a person differently.

Earlier, Boney Kapoor had come out in support of Hirani and had said, “Rajkumar Hirani is too good a man to do something like this. I don’t believe this allegation. He can never do something like this.” Actor Emraan Hashmi, too, had refused to comment on the matter. He had said, “I don’t want to comment on this. It’s just an allegation. Nothing has been proved as of yet. The director has already dismissed the allegations. Till the time something is not proven, I don’t think it right to comment on this.”

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