Actor Vijay Raaz has responded to allegations that he molested a crew member on the set an upcoming movie. He has denied the accusations, and said that the incident has unduly tarnished his repute.
In an interview, he said that he had apologised to the woman, not because he used to be incorrect, but because he respected her feelings. He used to be arrested and released on bail earlier this month, and returned to set to total work.
He told Bombay Times in an interview, “Women’s safety is of prime concern. I have a 21-year-old daughter, so I understand the gravity of the situation. I am all for an investigation by the authorities. Alternatively, to ostracise me, suspend and terminate my products and services from my forthcoming films even before any sort of investigation, is shocking. I don’t have any words to express. It’s a very dangerous place to be in. I have been working in the movie industry for 23 years!”
He said that he has worked very tough to build his repute and earn a respectable living in the movie industry, and that the word of one person shouldn’t be seen as the final truth. “People are bound to make judgements without hearing the other side of the story. It doesn’t matter what the outcome of this case, aap pe ek thappa lag jaata hai (you’re branded for life). I have been pronounced guilty even before the investigation. My correct to earn a livelihood is badly affected. Am I not the victim here? My old father who lives in Delhi, also has to face the society and so does my young daughter,” he said.
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Recalling the incident, he said that he’d been working with the same crew for over a year, and had developed a consolation. He said, “It’s how we are with each and every other. Yet, when I used to be told she felt uncomfortable, I apologised. This used to be in front of all the crew. My apology meant I respect your feelings. But it didn’t intent that I acknowledged the claims made later at the police station. Saying sorry doesn’t all the time intent that you’re incorrect. It means you respect someone’s feelings more. I also have responsibilities and I need a job. Mere itney saalon ki mehnat (year’s of tough work) can go down the drain whether people hop to conclusions without verifying the claims. This will have to not be one-sided. Truth prevails but the damage is done.”
The actor used to be recently seen in Lootcase and Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari. He reportedly has a role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming movie Gangubai Kathiawadi as polite.
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