One of Bollywood’s leading production house Yash Raj Films fired its Vice President, Brand Partnerships, Talent Management and Business, and Creative Head Ashish Patil Tuesday following allegations of sexual harassment.
YRF took to social media to announce the decision after an anonymous woman shared her account on Twitter earlier this week, alleging that she was harassed by Patil on the pretext of offering her work at YRF.
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) October 16, 2018
After the account surfaced on social media, YRF asked the survivor to share her story with the presiding officer of their Internal Complaints Committee. Patil was sent on an administrative leave soon after.
The production house, in a statement, had said that YRF has zero tolerance towards any form of sexual exploitation or harassment of women and that they shall take the “strictest necessary action against the alleged perpetrator, if the allegations of sexual harassment are found to be true.”
— Yash Raj Films (@yrf) October 12, 2018
Patil had dismissed all allegations as “untrue and fabricated” and “agenda driven.”
Yash Raj is one of the most renowned production houses in the world and has delivered a plethora of superhits including Silsila, Chandi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Fanaa, Mohabbatein, Lamhe, Hum Tum, Veer-Zaara, Bunty Aur Babli and Sultan. The production house has also launched some of Bollywood’s most prominent names including Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh.
As #MeToo movement gains momentum in India, famous names such as Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Bhushan Kumar and Subhash Ghai have been accused by women of sexual harassment.