After Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar has taken a step towards the #MeToo movement.
Akshay 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 Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
According to a source:
“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.”
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.
For those who don’t know, 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 spelled out details of how they were harassed by Khan.
Housefull 4 is being produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and 70% of the shooting of the film has already been done in London and Jaisalmer.