Aamir Khan and Tanushree Dutta. (Image: Instagram)
Aamir Khan has been slammed by Tanushree Dutta for his decision to work with #MeToo accused Subhash Kapoor in upcoming film Mogul. The actress, who is credited as the torch-bearer of the movement in the country, talked to Mid-Day and criticised Aamir for not being sensitive towards 'the woman (Geetika Tyagi) who suffered the consequences of Subhash Kapoor's actions.'
The actor went on to add that a woman loses job opportunities and faces more mental harassment and social pressure after she calls out a perpetrator, then why such sensitive acts of compassion are reserved only for men? She was quoted saying, ''How come nobody in Bollywood has sleepless nights when a woman becomes a victim of abuse and is not able to work due to the trauma and ostracisation. If he (Aamir Khan) has agreed to hire this guy (Subhash Kapoor), why not hire the woman who suffered the consequences of his actions? Why do only the creepy men of Bollywood get compassion? Let the girls also see some that saintly do-goodery.''
Dutta feels that Khan has defeated the purpose of the movement. "It was to heal the wounds of those who have no validation from court for the injustices they bore. Compassion should be universal. If it's so selective as is being displayed by the Bollywood's bigwigs, then it's not compassion. It's convenience and ignorance. Nobody bothered to ask me how I was doing when my livelihood was snatched away after the Horn Ok Pleassss (2009) harassment episode. No compassion for me, Aamir?"
Tanushree had earlier praised Aamir for taking a stand in the matter last year and stepping out of Mogul. However, in a recent interview with Hindustan Times, the actor revealed that he and his wife Kiran Rao decided to rethink their decision after learning that Subhash Kapoor had lost several other projects because of his decision.
He was quoted saying, ''Without an ICC ruling or a court ruling, how are we to decide whether the accused person is guilty or not. 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.''