"At the outset, our client states that the allegations made against him are false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory", Desai said in an email dated December 5, 2018 to HuffPost India. His wife and film critic, Anupama Chopra was also marked on the mail along with a director of Vinod Chopra Films Pvt. Popular actor Dia Mirza, who has collaborated with Hirani in super hit films like "Lage Raho Munna Bhai" and "Sanju", is one of the first celebs to react to the entire controversy. This is wrong. Because of this power structure. You being the absolute power and me being a mere assistant, a nobody - I will never be able to express myself to you","she wrote in her email, according to Huffpost India.
She said that she had no choice but to be polite to him.
The complainant said that until the alleged crime, she used to see Hirani as a father figure.
India's #MeToo movement was sparked in September 2018 when a 10-year-old allegation by actress Tanushree Dutta against veteran actor Nana Patekar once again made headlines. Just two days ago, news broke about Mr. Hirani's name being dropped from the posters of the upcoming film Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. "I want to very strongly state that this is a false malicious and mischievous story being spread with the sole intention of destroying my reputation", Hirani's statement read.
Hirani has been accused by a woman who worked with him on his 2018 film Sanju. We also offered to set up an ICC at VCF (which we have set up since then) even though a VCF ICC could not have taken up the case since she was an RHF (Rajkumar Hirani Films) employee at the time. In an email, she said that much of the sexual assault took place in the post-production of the film.
Hirani, responding through his lawyer Anand Desai, has vociferously denied the claims.
"I have offered my full support and recommended that she take the complaint to a legal body or a neutral party since we can not be arbitrators or judges on this".
Anupama Chopra said the woman told her she needed time to think about how to take things forward.
The new posters of this Sonam Kapoor-Anil Kapoor starrer exclusively credit Vidhu Vinod Chopra as the co-producer. I did not want in any way to pressurise her or steer her in any direction.