'2.0' star cancels film after director's controversy

Lewis Collier
October 13, 2018

In what could be seen as a concrete and quite an appreciable step, actor Akshay Kumar requested the producers of his upcoming film, Housefull 4, to stop the shooting of the film until those who are accused of sexual harassment are found non-guilty. The movie, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and being distributed by Fox Star Studios, is the latest entry in a franchise that began in 2010.

Instead of him, now we hear that Farhad Samji of Sajid-Farhad fame will direct the film. Apart from Nana Patekar, Housefull director Sajid Khan has also been named for sexually harassing a woman and for indecent behaviour.

Khan, 46, tweeted his own statement shortly afterwards to announce that he was stepping down from the film "until the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth".

In a move that came as a complete shocker and also an eye-opener to the film fraternity, Superstar Akshay Kumar has chose to cancel the shooting of his upcoming film "Housefull 4". "I request my friends in media to not pass out judgement till the truth is out". "This is something that requires stringent action", Kumar tweeted. "This can not go on".

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His wife Twinkle Khanna also urged the Housefull 4 cast to take a stance against this. Not just him but other actors like Nana Patekar, Kailash Kher, Alok Nath, Luv Ranjan, Rajat Kapoor, Vikas Bahl, Abhijeet Bhattacharya are some of the known celebs who have been accused of sexual misconduct under the raging #MeToo movement.

He wrote on Twitter, "Deeply disturbing to hear and read the news of so many women who had to go through these incidents of harassment in various fields".

The filmmaker has denied the allegations, called them "a fashion to malign anyone".

Dutta's revelations have sparked what media is terming as India's #MeToo movement, where journalists, actors and professionals have taken to social media to talk about workplace harassment.

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