#MeToo: Sajid Khan steps down as director, Akshay requests cancellation of Housefull 4 shoot

After actress Saloni Chopra and film journalist Karishma Upadhyay accused director/actor Sajid Khan of sexual harassment, he has decided to step down from the direction of ‘Housefull 4’

Photo courtesy: social media
Photo courtesy: social media


After Vikas Bahl and plenty other ‘skeletons’ in this apparently deep ‘cupboard’ of Bollywood, it is now Sajid Khan who has been accused of sexual harassment and the filmmaker has stepped down from the director's post from the film Housefull 4. The shooting of the film in Mumbai was scheduled to begin today. Sajid Khan tweeted about this requesting his friends and media ‘not to pass judgment (on him) till the truth is out.”

Akshay Kumar, who has just returned from overseas tweeted saying, “I have requested the producers of Housefull to cancel the shoot of the film until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action. I will not work  with any proven offenders and all those have subjugated to harassment should be heard an and given justice they deserve.''

According to reports, Aamir Khan has already left the film. Strangely, Akshay Kumar's film Housefull 4 also has Nana Patekar who also faces similar allegation but the level of it is far less than what has been said about Sajid Khan who, some girls are saying, is not even apologising for what he has done to them. Now it all depends upon the producer Sajid Nadiadwala who will have to take the final call on the case.

Journalist Karishma Upadhyay had shared her harrowing story on Twitter, in which she had given details of her experiences when she had gone to interview Sajid Khan in 2000s.

Saloni Chopra, another young woman who is a newcomer in the word of acting shared her story with a website called medium.com, which again was a horrific experience with a predator.

With all these women coming out with their story everyday, it seems the harrowing tales of sexual harassment in Bollywood have just started.

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Published: 12 Oct 2018, 1:40 PM