Actor Akshay Kumar today said he had asked that the shoot for Housefull 4 be cancelled after #MeToo allegations emerged against its director Sajid Khan, who declared he was taking “moral responsibility” to step down. “I will not work with any proven offenders and those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve,” These were Akshay’s words on Twitter
Shortly after the tweet, Sajid Khan announced that he was stepping down as director “till the time I can allay the allegations”.
Earlier, Akshay Kumar’s wife Twinkle Khanna had tweeted that “everyone involved” in the film – which includes her husband – needed to take a firm stand.
When Tanushree Dutta revived a decade-old controversy naming Nana Patekar as a sexual predator, team Housefull 4 was in Jaisalmer. On the day Ms Dutta shared her account of being harassed by Nana Patekar on the sets of a 2008 film.
Nana Patekar has denied the allegation, saying: “I would say what I said 10 years back, the truth doesn’t change.” The actor has sent Ms Dutta a legal notice. Earlier this week, she filed an FIR in Mumbai.
The #MeToo movement knocked on Bollywood’s door recently and several prominent members of the film industry, such as Alok Nath, Rajat kapoor and Vikas Bahl, have been outed as sexual predators.