The #MeToo movement is gaining momentum in India. The recent name that has been accused of being a sexual predator is director Sajid Khan. Reacting to the news, he has been let go from his directorial duties for Housefull 4. Sajid has been sacked by main lead Akshay Kumar and producer Sajid Nadiadwala, as per a report by BollywoodLife. #MeToo in Bollywood: Sajid Khan Asked Me To Strip Down and Seduce Him In Five Minutes Accuses Rachel White.
The report also says that Sajid "readily agreed" to step down from the position. A press conference will follow in which the official announcement will be made about the same. Yesterday, three women - Sajid's former director's assistant, an actress and a journalist - accused Sajid of sexual misconduct.
Twinkle Khanna's Tweet Asking Team Housefull to Take a Stand
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
Akshay Kumar Refuses to Shoot With a Proven Offender
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) October 12, 2018
This Tweet is the One That Began the Series of Accusations Against Sajid
I finally decided to share my story with you. Writing this was like re-living all that horrible past I’d chosen to let go of, but I knew if I don’t today, I may never. So here’s #metoo #MetooIndia https://t.co/brouTYIBC7
— Saloni Chopra (@redheadchopra) October 11, 2018
The Following Twitter Thread Is By The Actress Who Supported Saloni Chopra
After that he asks me to strip for him bcoz there were scenes in a bikini and he needed to see how I looked. I replied saying “there are pics of me in bikinis sent to u,I think that should good for u” n wen he insisted I said “I’m ready to parade ur office in a binkini nt at home
— Rachel White (@whitespeaking) October 11, 2018
Earlier, Hindustan Times reported that Akshay Kumar had cancelled the shoot for Housefull 4 which was a one of a kind incident "in his 28-year career".
Although, let us not let the irony die here. The man whose alleged sexual misconduct started this movement in India is still very much a part of Housefull 4. The whole row began when Tanushree Dutta talked in an interview about how Nana Patekar misbehaved with her in 2008. In the meantime, Nana was shooting for the movie with the principal cast of the film. Much to netizen's fury. There has been no statement issued by the production house about the involvement of the actor. We hope the right decision is taken even in this regard.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, MAMI has dropped accused Rajat Kapoor's film from their upcoming gala. AIB's short film has also been removed from the schedule. Phantom Films has been dissolved. Vikas Bahl's name won't appear anywhere on Super 30 promotions. Netflix is contemplating whether or not to continue with Varun Grover as the writer for Sacred Games season 2. To name a few.