Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

#MeToo: EXCLUSIVE! Nana Patekar steps out of ‘Housefull 4’

#MeToo: EXCLUSIVE! Nana Patekar steps out of ‘Housefull 4’

Famed Indian actor Akshay Kumar has cancelled the shooting of his upcoming film "Housefull 4" scheduled to take place today, after sexual harassment allegations were levelled against co-actor Nana Patekar and director Sajid Khan.

A source has told The Times of India that he made a decision to exit after Akshay Kumar issued a statement saying he will not work with proven sexual offenders.

Kumar released a statement saying, "I have just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news as been very disturbing". However, after three women shared their horrific sexual harassment encounters involving Sajid, he issued a statement suggesting that the filming of Housefull 4 has been cancelled until the investigation completes.

"This is something that requires stringent action", Akshay wrote.

The incident came to light after actor Saloni Chopra wrote a piece for a website titled Medium, claiming she was mentally and sexually harassed by Sajid while she was his assistant director.

According to reports, Aamir Khan has already left the film.

Sajid's sister Farah Khan, also a filmmaker, described the entire episode as "heartbreaking". "He would ask me to touch his dick and get irritated with me when I said I didn't want to", she wrote in a blog post.

Well, it looks like after Vikas Bahl, filmmaker Sajid Khan will have to pay some heavy toll for the allegations made by journalist Karishma Upadhyay, actress Saloni Chopra and Rachel White.

Incidentally, Housefull 4 also stars Nana Patekar, who has been accused by Tanushree Dutta of sexual harassment. They mutually decided and asked Sajid Khan to step down as the director of this film.

Former actor, author and Akshay Kumar's wife, Twinkle Khanna too expressed support for the two women who came forward against Khan. Irritated by his behaviour on the sets against the women, she resolved to never work with the director. "Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajid called me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu".

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