Weeks after the #MeToo movement gained new ground in India with women in the media and entertainment industry speaking up against their alleged sexual harassers, Academy award-winning music composer AR Rahman has broken his silence on the movement, coming out in support of women.

The music composer wrote on Monday, “Been observing the #metoo movement… Some of the names have shocked me... both the victims and their perpetrators… I would love to see our industry become cleaner and respectful of women… More power to all the victims coming forward!!”

His statement comes days after his long-time collaborator and Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu was accused of predatory behaviour by multiple women, who had worked with him, which includes popular singer Chinmayi. 

In his statement, Rahman further said that he, along with his team, were committed to “creating an environment where everyone finds a safe, creative space to bring their best, evolve and succeed.”



Rahman, who has worked with Chinmayi, did not say anything about her allegations. But like many men from the industry, who have offered their support to the movement, Rahman too cautioned against its misuse.

“Social media offers great freedom for victims to speak up, however, we should be careful in creating a new internet justice system, in case it’s misused,” he wrote.