With veteran actor Nana Patekar facing allegations of sexual harassment, it has now come to our knowledge that talented actor Jackie Shroff has been signed on to fill his shoes in the forthcoming instalment of the blockbuster Housefull (2010) series, Housefull 4. Patekar, who had started shooting for the film in Rajasthan earlier this month, decided to walk out of the high-profile comic-caper when Tanushree Dutta accused him of sexual harassment on the set of a 2008 film called Horn Ok Please. The seasoned Bollywood and Marathi film actor exited the project to tackle the allegations. He also sent a legal notice to Dutta.
Recently, the shooting of Housefull 4 came to a complete halt when, apart from Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, the director of the film, was also accused of sexual misconduct by three women, including a journalist. Superstar Akshay Kumar, who plays the main lead in the flick, confirmed the news on Twitter. After Sajid Khan stepped down from the position of the director of the project, Farhad Samji was taken on board to continue the movie.
A source close to the development reveals that besides Jackie Shroff, veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah was also approached for the role of Nana Patekar. “Naseeruddin Shah has also approached for the role after Nana’s exit the film, but he declined it. Now, Jackie dada is playing that part. He will shoot his scenes as scheduled. The few scenes that Nana had done will be re-shot later.”
Apart from Akshay Kumar and now Jackie Shroff, Housefull 4 also stars Bobby Deol, Riteish Deshmukh, Kriti Kharbanda, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Sanon. The film is set to arrive in cinemas on 26th October 2019.