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#MeToo: Javed Akhtar defends Rajkumar Hirani, calls him one of the most decent people in the industry

Javed Akhtar and Rajkumar Hirani. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 17, 2019, 11.15 AM (IST)

After Rajkumar Hirani’s name cropped up in the list of those who have allegedly been accused of sexual assault, veteran Bollywood screenwriter Javed Akhtar took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the matter. 

Akhtar has come out in defence of the filmmaker and said that Hirani is among one of the most decent people in the industry. He wrote: "I had come to the film industry in 1965. After the many years, if I am asked who the most decent people are in this industry over almost, 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.'"

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Hirani is among the likes of Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar who have been accused of sexually assaulting a woman. 

Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on his 2017 film ‘Sanju’. She detailed her allegations in an email dated November 3, 2018, to Hirani's frequent collaborator and ‘Sanju’ co-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

Hirani's lawyer Anand Desai termed the allegations "false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory" in a statement issued soon after the allegations against the director was made public in a detailed investigation by HuffPost India. 

After the news came out, many celebs took upon themselves to react to these allegations including Dia Mirza, Sharman Joshi and Arshad Warsi who have spoken in good light of the filmmaker. Sharman Joshi who has worked with the director in ‘3 Idiots’ even started a campaign on Twitter: #IStandForRajuHirani 

In another news, it is reported that 'Munna Bhai 3' has been put on hold because of the said allegations. Read the report here. 

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Rajkumar Hirani has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked with him on his 2017 film 'Sanju'.