#MeToo: Sajid Khan accused of sexual misconduct, Akshay Kumar stalls Housefull 4

Joann Johnston
October 12, 2018

This is something that requires stringent action.

Actress Saloni Chopra, wrote her story with a blog link and said that the incident dates back to 2011, when she wanted to assist a director & learn more about filmmaking. "I will not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve", he wrote.

Shortly after, Akshay released a statement in which he announced that he has requested the producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot until the allegations against Sajid are investigated. "This can not go on".

"Housefull 4" is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment. All thanks to Tanushree Dutta, who raised her voice against sexual harassment and ignited the campaign like never before.

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Twinkle Khanna, Akshay's wife and author, also took to Twitter to express that strict stance needs to be taken by Houseful 4 team. This one time, during a costume trial for a character in the movie he came in to see the girl in the outfit and asked her to lift her skirt and show her ass to him, she looked at me confused and I asked Sajid if it was necessary. Later he briefly met the media and said: "My lawyer has asked me to not talk to any channel, have to listen to him". Now, the new name that is added to the list is the popular filmmaker Sajid Khan.

Director Sajid Khan, one among Bollywood's top brass, has been accused of sexual harassment by at least three women, even as the #MeToo movement gained momentum across the country.

Saloni wrote in harrowing detail of harassment she faced at his hands, which included talk of whether she would ever get a breast job done, how sex was really a mental connection and how she was foolish in thinking that casting couch was about one-time sex and that it would end after that and how he wanted her to be a director's assistant and not an assistant director. Retweeting Chopra's tweet, she explained that during the making of Humshakals, Sajid asked her to come to his home, stared at her breasts and asked her to strip on the pretext that her role in the film required her to be in a bikini. On her Twitter page, Karishma Upadhyay shared what happened with her when she interviewed Sajid Khan in early 2000s. Saloni said that while she was working with Sajid Khan, he later started calling her during odd hours.

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