Akshay Kumar who has set an image of a man who does what is right with his recent films like Padman, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, and many more, he has taken yet another step towards major change.
Kumar, who just returned to India from Italy, has cancelled the shoot of Housefull 4, which was slated to take place in Mumbai, after grave sexual harassment allegations against the film’s director Sajid Khan surfaced on Thursday. Here’s what he tweeted:
“Akshay is known to be a disciplinarian and has never cancelled a shoot in his 28-year career. This is the first time that he has decided to cancel a shoot, perhaps because the #MeToo movement just cannot be ignored.The allegations made against Sajid Khan and Nana Patekar are both serious and grave in nature,” the source informs.
Akshay Kumar has made it clear to the producers and kept his foot down that he will not work with the accused until investigations are over, since the accusations are very serious and grave in nature. Meanwhile, Sajid Khan has officially stepped down as the film’s director.
Yesterday evening, as many as three women — actor Rachel White, assistant director Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay — had shared their tales of sexual harassment at the hands of Sajid Khan. All the victims have revealed their identity to the media and spelt out details of how they were harassed by Khan, the brother of choreographer-director Farah Khan, and director of films such as Humshakals, Himmatwala and Heyy Baby.
Housefull 4 is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and 70% of the shooting of the film has already been done in London and Jaisalmer.