Akshay Kumar’s Housefull 4 co-star Riteish Deshmukh has supported his stand on cancelling the shoot of the film that was scheduled for Friday while he also addressed the #MeToo movement that has encompassed India since the last month. Housefull 4 director Sajid Khan has been accused of sexual harassment by actress Saloni Chopra and a senior journalist and after being made aware of it, Akshay announced his decision of abandoning shoot.
In his statement, Riteish also extended support to the women who have shared their stories, saying that “all need to be heard and not judged.”
Read Riteish’s statement:
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) October 12, 2018
Earlier today, Sajid expounded his “moral responsibility” in a statement as he announced his decision of “stepping down” as the director of Housefull 4 until the charges are “allayed” by him.
— Sajid Khan (@SimplySajidK) October 12, 2018
Soon after, Sajid’s sister filmmaker-choreographer Farah Khan, speaking of the “heartbreaking time” for her family, said that he will have to compensate if at all he has “behaved in this manner”.
This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very difficult issues. If my brother has behaved in this manner he has a lot to atone for.I don’t in any way endorse this behavior and Stand in solidarity with any woman who has been hurt.
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) October 12, 2018
Apart from being directed by Sajid, Housefull 4 co-stars Nana Patekar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by Tanushree Dutta. The #MeToo movement, in fact, was escalated by Tanushree’s accusation against Patekar where several women outed filmmakers and actors as their alleged sexual predators. So far, Alok Nath, Subhash Ghai, Vikas Bahl and Rajat Kapoor have also been accused of sexual harassment.