Aamir Khan returns to star in Gulshan Kumar biopic, reveals why!
Soon after its announcement, the biopic on music mogul Gulshan Kumar was mired in controversies. Though last year, superstar Aamir Khan had confirmed that he would be starring and co-producing the movie, titled Mogul, he had disassociated himself from the project when sexual misconduct allegations against director Subhash Kapoor had come to light.
However, the 54 year old actor is back on board and he recently divulged details about his return. Talking to a leading daily Aamir said, “Well, Kiran and I were producing Mogul and I was acting in it. When we were doing the film, we did not know that there was a case against Mr Subhash Kapoor. I believe it is a five- or six-year-old case. We are not too much in the media space, so I guess it slipped our attention. Last year, during the #MeToo movement, mention of this case came up. That’s when we got to know about it, and we were most disturbed. Kiran and I spoke about it at length. We were in a big dilemma for more than a week.”
He further added that since the director wasn’t proven guilty yet, it personally disturbed him that Kapoor has lost his right to work. He said, “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.”
After almost a year of deliberation, Aamir has reconsidered his decision and decided to go ahead with the project. He said that Kiran and him reached out to few women who had worked with Kapoor in the past, “What we found is that, without exception, all of them spoke very highly of him. Not only did they not feel any discomfort with him, but rather they went out of their way to praise him. They said that he looked after everyone on his set with great care. Caring, sensitive and supportive were the words used to describe him. Mind you, both Kiran and I are fully aware that these particular women may have had a very good experience working with Mr Kapoor, but that does not mean that he could not have misbehaved with some other woman. However, I cannot deny that this interaction with women who had worked with him, did give us comfort. And so, taking everything into account, I wrote back to IFTDA (Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association) saying I have reconsidered my decision, and that I would come back on to the film.”
Aamir also revealed that in the interim he had reached out to Akshay Kumar and Varun Dhawan for the project but it didn’t materialize!