Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

#MeToo effect: After Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar steps out of Housefull 4

#MeToo effect: After Sajid Khan, Nana Patekar steps out of Housefull 4

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has cancelled the shoot of Housefull 4, as his co-actor Nana Patekar and the director Sajid Khan have been accused of sexual harassment.

Following the allegations, Khan's cousin and acclaimed Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar tweeted: "I can not adequately stress how shocked, disappointed and heartbroken I am to read the stories about Sajid's behavior".

"Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through".

Amid all this, director Sajid Khan himself stepped down from Housefull 4.

Rachel White wrote on her Twitter, "I was in a white vest and blue denims and still felt I was standing nude with that gaze".

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Actor, singer and director Farhan Akhtar is maintaining that their family did not know about cousin Sajid Khan's alleged misbehaviour with women.

Film-makers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane announced at the weekend they were severing ties with Bollywood director Vikas Bahl over a sexual assault allegation. Yesterday, Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao tweeted from his handle saying that they have a zero-tolerance policy for sexual misconduct. Some of the biggest stars are yet to speak up. In some tweets of her own, Bipasha Basu stood by all the women who were harassed by the Sajid.

Dutta has accused Patekar of inappropriate behaviour during a shoot for Horn Ok Pleassss in March 2008. "Probably then a #MeToo will start from the top of the industry".

The actress said Khan had insisted that she strip during an audition while the journalist alleged the director had flashed his private parts at her during an interview.

Last year, Akshay Kumar had come under fire for a "joke" he made about comedian Mallika Dua on the sets of the TV show "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge".

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