One of the names that recently made it to the headlines in the #Metoo movement is that of filmmaker Sajid Khan, who has been alleged of sexual harassment and cracking lewd jokes in front of women. Since then everyone was wondering who will take replace him as the ship of the captain and seems like the production house has finally found the right person. Farhad Samji, who also wrote the dialogue for the movie, will be directing the movie furrther. The production house spokesperson confirmed the news to us exclusively saying, “Director of Housefull 3 Farhad Samji, will now direct Housefull 4.”
The film’s lead star Akshay Kumar announced 12 October that the shooting has been put on hold for now.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
Akshay’s wife Twinkle Khanna also asks the film’s cast to a “firm” stand on the allegations against the director.
Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through. Everyone involved in Housefull needs to take a firm stance on this issue. This cannot go on.
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) October 12, 2018
Soon after, Sajid said he was taking the “moral responsibility” to step down till he can allay the allegations.
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) October 12, 2018
Actor Nana Patekar, who has been accused by Tanushree Dutta of sexual misconduct on the sets of the film Horn Ok Pleassss in 2008, on Friday also dropped out of the film.
And acoording to a source, the makers of Housefull 4 have already started looking for Patekar’s replacement. The names that are circulating as potential replacements are Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor.
Interestingly, there have been reports that Dutt was approached for the role even before Nana was roped in.
However, things didn’t work out as Dutt had reportedly hiked his fees post Sanju’s success.
Let’s see if he comes on board this time.