close

News WrapGet Handpicked Stories from our editors directly to your mailbox

Rajkumar Hirani to be dropped as the director of 'Munna Bhai 3' owing to sexual assault case?

Rajkumar Hirani. Photograph:( DNA )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 05, 2019, 03.35 PM (IST)

Trouble looms over the future of Munna Bhai franchise as reports suggest that director Rajkumar Hirani might be dropped from their upcoming film ‘Munna Bhai 3’. This comes as Hirani has been accused of sexual harassment by a woman who worked with him on the set of Ranbir Kapoor starrer ‘Sanju’.

The news of sexual assault allegation spread like wildfire with celebs pouring in support for the filmmaker who they said could do no such thing and that this must be investigated thoroughly. Javed Akhtar, Karishma Tanna, Sonam Kapoor defended the director in the way of their tweets. 

Meanwhile, his producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has not addressed the issue -- indicating that things might not be so bright for their relationship. Reportedly, Chopra is miffed with Hirani and is most likely to drop him from ‘Munna Bhai 3’. Earlier there were reports that the film might be put on hold. 

In fact, Hirani confirmed in a previous interview that his relationship with Chopra was "crumbling under pressure" and he's doing everything possible to mend things and bring it back to normal.

Chopra, when asked about the case, during the promotions of ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’, did not take Hirani’s side nor bash him. He evaded the topic and said, "This stage here is for something else, which is extremely important for us, as important as what you're talking about. This opportunity we should use to talk about this and that of course, when there is a right time, we will talk about it." 

If Hirani is dropped from the film, who will direct the future film and will it be the same as before? Watch out for this space for more. 

Story highlights

Hirani confirmed in a previous interview that his relationship with Chopra was "crumbling under pressure" and he's doing everything possible to mend things and bring it back to normal.