#MeToo Claims Against Sajid, Patekar Has Stopped Production of Housefull 4
On Friday, India’s growing #MeToo movement has managed to stop the on-going production of one of the most anticipated Bollywood blockbuster. The film’s lead called for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be also investigated.
Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar revealed that he requested the production house to halt the making of Housefull 4 after the allegations against director Sajid Khan and one of the film’s actors, Nana Patekar.
“I’ve requested the producers (of “Housefull 4″)… to cancel the shoot until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action,” Kumar said on Twitter.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
“I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve,” Kumar added.
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) October 12, 2018
Shortly after Shajid Khan, 46, tweeted his own statement on the allegations to announce that he will be stepping down from the film until he can prove his innocence.
On Thursday, three women: an actor, an assistant director and a journalist took their statements to Twitter to accuse Khan of sexual harassment.
The actress revealed that Khan had insisted her to strip her clothes off during an audition. Some journalists have also alleged that the director had flashed his genitals at her during an interview.
Kumar’s statement had come just two days after Bollywood’s power couple Aamir Khan and his film-maker wife Kiran Rao revaled that they will be withdrawing from the film Mogul over a molestation case against director Subhash Kapoor.
However, Kapoor denies the charges.
Some Indian actresses have said that the Indian film industry, which is dominated by a few powerful players, needs to make a free environment where where victims can come forward without fear of being shut down.