Well-known filmmaker Sajid Khan, who has to his credit such immensely successful comic-capers as Housefull (2010) and Housefull 2 (2012), has decided to step down from the directorial position of his forthcoming film Housefull 4 after more than one woman accused him of sexual harassment. Khan is not the only member from the cast and crew of Housefull 4 who has been accused of sexual misconduct. Veteran actor Nana Patekar, who plays a prominent part in the big-ticket movie, was also accused of sexual harassment by actress and former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta recently. While Patekar is yet to talk openly on the grave issue, Sajid has requested everyone to not pass judgement and wait until the truth is out.
Sajid Khan took to Twitter and wrote, “In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producers and the stars of my film Housefull 4, I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth. I request my friends in media to not pass out judgement till the truth is out.”
Superstar Akshay Kumar, who has been an integral part of the franchise since its beginning in 2010, also released a statement requesting the makers of Housefull 4 to call off the shoot until the allegations are proved. He tweeted, “I’ve just landed back in the country last night and reading all the news has been very disturbing. I have requested the producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action. 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.”
Besides Nana Patekar and Akshay Kumar, actors like Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde also play significant parts in the film. Housefull 4 is slated to hit screens in 2020.