Aamir Khan Is Going To Work With #MeToo Accused Subash Kapoor Because He Feels Guilty. Come On Aamir, What A Sorry Excuse!
Yesterday as my family settled in for a late dinner at the table, fighting over what to watch on the television, we unanimously ended up at the idea of watching any Aamir Khan movie . After all, the actor does uphold his title of being a perfectionist, and usually, his movies are interesting, watchable with full fam – for the most part, he has his heart in the right place. Or so we believed, up until the point we found out how in a recent change of heart, the actor has decided to go back to working on the Gulshan Kumar biopic with the #MeToo accused Subhash Kapoor.
Almost a year back, the world was hit by a seething wave of hurt as women who were wronged decided to finally speak up about the harassment they had faced at the hands of creepy men. This was the betrayal they had been internalising for far too long, in a movement called the #MeToo. And in that wave, surfaced prominent names, that had up till then been conveniently taking refuge behind the garb of their fame and power. It started with Tanushree Dutta’s brave step forward to uncover the likes of Nana Patekar, Alok Nath and several others calling them out publicly no matter how high up in the hierarchy they were comfortably perched. One name that emerged was of the Jolly LLB director, Subhash Kapoor who was called out by actress Geetika Tyagi.
— Geetika Tyagi (@TyagiGeetika) February 18, 2014
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Even though the actress had been a friend to both the director and his wife, she came out with the allegation of Subhash Kapoor molesting her back in 2012. Along with that, was a video of his confession made through a hidden camera. An FIR was lodged in 2014 and since then, the director went ahead to make 3 movies including Jolly LLB, Guddu Rangeela and Jolly LLB 2. The fact that several people from the industry, including his own wife were in support of the director while he continued living his life like nothing happened, was a slap in the face of every woman out there who was fighting this battle.
However, with the #MeToo movement gaining momentum, actors started stepping back from involving themselves from working with the accused. We were glad Aamir Khan was one of them when he said no to working with Subhash Kapoor last year. But looks like we may have concluded a little too early, for the actor has now seemingly gone back on his own word to work on the project he once abandoned on a moral high ground.
He said, “…until such time that the courts reach a conclusion, is it that he/she should not be allowed to work? Is he to just sit at home and not earn? And so, we were in this troubled state for many months. I couldn’t sleep at night because I used to constantly feel that my actions have inadvertently caused a person, about whose guilt I have absolutely no idea, to lose his right to work and earn a livelihood.” As you can very well imagine, this did not sit right with us.
— Geetika Tyagi (@TyagiGeetika) October 10, 2018
Here, in this statement, Aamir Khan not only feels guilt for causing Subhash Kapoor a professional setback but also feels empathy towards the guy. The same guy who in turn had not felt an ounce of shame when he went ahead to take advantage of his position in the social hierarchy to sexually assault and molest a girl.
Aamir Khan further went on to explain this move . He shared, “about four months back, I got a letter from IFTDA. They appealed to me to reconsider my decision. When I read that letter, I felt even more guilty. Perhaps we’re doing the wrong thing. And then we decided to do one more thing to allay our discomfort.” And that thing was to interview all the previous women the director had ever worked with.
Aamir Khan said, “What we found is that, without exception, all of them spoke very highly of him. Not only did they not feel any discomfort with him, but rather they went out of their way to praise him. They said that he looked after everyone on his set with great care. Caring, sensitive and supportive were the words used to describe him. Mind you, both Kiran and I are fully aware that these particular women may have had a very good experience working with Mr Kapoor, but that does not mean that he could not have misbehaved with some other woman. However, I cannot deny that this interaction with women who had worked with him, did give us comfort.” Except, his comfort does not fucking matter here and we couldn’t give two shits about it.
— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) October 10, 2018
When you say you can’t hold a person accountable till the courts reach a verdict, you are inadvertently looking past all the evidence that is, in fact, public knowledge. The video, the confrontation, the confession, all is clear and the only reason for wait is perhaps the snail-paced judicial system. Let’s be honest, Aamir. Is it really the guilt or the missed opportunity cost of making a movie like Mogul? Or is there no empathy left for the victims now that we need to sympathise with the accused? The poor old accused who sexually harassed a woman and now has no work. Aww. What bullshit.
It is a shame that renowned actors of the industry, who are known for their strong work ethic would take such questionable decisions and act with such insensitivity. The next time perhaps, don’t issue loud statements when you don’t have the balls to stand by it. Clearly, Bollywood has made its priorities of making a movie over bringing a change, very clear.