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Shraddha To Kriti: B-Town Actresses Working With Directors Once Accused Of Sexual Harassment



Back in 2018, the #MeToo movement had gained momentum in India, to name and shame sexual offenders.  

In a shocking turn of events, various known celebrities including Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar, and Vikas Bahl, among others were accused of sexual harassment by women.

However, the movement soon fizzled out and most of the accused big names in Bollywood were not proven guilty. While some of the alleged offenders chose to stay away from the industry, others dived back into work sooner than expected. 

Several directors, who were accused in the #MeTooIndia but weren't proven guilty, too decided to move on and signed big stars for their projects. 

Let's take a look at the list of Bollywood actresses who are currently working with directors, once accused of sexual harassment:

1. Shraddha Kapoor (Luv Ranjan's next) View this post on Instagram

Shraddha is playing the lead role in director Luv Ranjan's untitled film, starring Ranbir Kapoor as the main lead. 

For the unversed, an actress in 2018 had claimed that Ranjan harassed her after she was called for an audition for Pyaar Ka Punchnama (2011). 

However, the director denied all allegations and issued an apology in case his actions hurt anyone

The Ranbir-Shraddha film is among the most-awaited films and is slated to hit the theatres next year, on March 8, 2023.  

2. Kriti Sanon (Vikas Bahl's Ganapath) View this post on Instagram

Kriti Sanon, whose latest release Bachchhan Paandey turned out to be a failure at the box office, is a part of Vikas Bahl's Ganapath. 

Interestingly, Bahl was accused of sexual assault in October 2018, in the wake of the #MeTooIndia movement. 

The complainant had alleged that the Queen director had sexually assaulted her in 2015, and Anurag Kashyap had ignored her complaint back then. 

However, later in 2019, he was given a clean chit in the matter

Talking about his next release, Ganapath: Part 1, the film stars Tiger Shroff opposite Kriti. It marks their reunion on the big screen after a gap of 8 years post their debut film Heropanti (2014). The movie is scheduled to release later this year, on December 23.  

3. Huma Qureshi (Subhash Kapoor's Maharani 2) View this post on Instagram

In 2014, Subhash Kapoor was accused of sexually abusing actress Geetika Tyagi, and the claims resurfaced in 2018 as part of a wave of MeToo allegations against famous men in Bollywood. 

Back then, Aamir Khan, who was supposed to do Mogul with Kapoor, backed out of the project since the filmmaker was facing allegations of sexual misconduct. 

However, later in 2019, he reversed his decision and made a comeback in the biopic of late music mogul Gulshan Kumar stating that he was troubled as his action might have cost the filmmaker his right to work

As soon as the movement fizzled out, Subhash moved on and directed Madam Chief Minister with Richa Chaddha and Maharani starring Huma Qureshi. After the success of Maharani, Huma has again teamed up with the director for its sequel, which is expected to premiere soon.

4. Taapsee Pannu (Rajkumar Hirani's next) View this post on Instagram

All hell broke loose for PK helmer Rajkumar Hirani when he was accused of sexual misconduct by a woman who worked with him on Sanju (2017). 

However, during the difficult time, celebs like Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt showed their support for him. He too denied the allegations and his lawyer Anand Desai termed them "false, mischievous, scandalous, motivated and defamatory". 

Since then, he hasn't announced his next project, however, various reports suggest that he's teaming up with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan for a film. 

While an official announcement is still awaited, Taapsee Pannu is rumoured to be playing the leading lady in it. The upcoming film marks Hirani's first project post the whole controversy. Also, it is going to be Taapsee's first film with both Hirani and SRK.  

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