After Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar were both accused on sexual harassment amidst the #MeToo storm in India, the production for Akshay Kumar’s hit franchise Housefull, which was to be directed by Sajid Khan and starred Nana Patekar in a pivotal role, was put on a halt.
The news came in after Sajid Khan, stepped down as the director of Housefull until further investigations.
“In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producer 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… Request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgments till the truth is out,” wrote actor/director Sajid Khan on his social media.
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) October 12, 2018
Sajid Khan was alleged of sexual harassment by three women: actress Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay.
Actor Akshay Kumar too urged producers to halt production and look gravely into the matter as they did not want to associate with harassers and urged for justice for those who had been offended.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
In another round of news, Sajid Khan has been replaced by Farhad Samji, as the director of Housefull 4. In a statement, a spokesperson of the production house, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment said, “Director of ‘Housefull 3’, Farhad Samji, will now direct Housefull 4.”
Farhad Samji has previously co-directed “Housefull 3” along with his brother Sajid Samji.