Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao have announced that they are no longer producing the upcoming biopic Mogul due to the attempted rape charges against the film's director Subhash Kapoor.
In a statement on Twitter, the duo behind Aamir Khan Productions said that the charges were brought the case were brought to their attention two weeks ago. Subhash was accused of attempting to rape actor Geetika Tyagi in 2012. Tyagi filed a case against Kapoor in 2014 and also released a video in which she can be seen slapping Kapoor in the presence of his wife.
Their statement read, "Upon enquiry we found that this particular case is subjudice, and that the legal process is in motion. We are not an investigative agency, nor are we in any position to pass judgement on anyone - that is for the police and judiciary to do. So, without casting any aspersions on anyone involved in this case, and without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have decided to step away from this film.”
Subhash has responded to their statement, saying that “I understand and respect Aamir Khan’s and Kiran Rao’s decision. Since matter is subjudice, I intend to prove my innocence in the court of law."
However, he also posed a question: "...is secretly filming a crying woman without her consent and knowledge and uploading it on social media not harassment or abuse? Or is it fine if she is related to someone who is “accused” of a misconduct. If your answer is latter then for me it’s nothing less than a khaap panchayat mentality.”
Production company T-Series, which was producing the film with Aamir Khan Productions, has also announced that " everyone at T-Series has decided to not work with the director".