MNA Entertainment Desk: India’s growing #MeToo storm halted production of a Bollywood blockbuster, with the film’s lead calling for harassment claims against its director and his co-star to be “stringently” investigated.
Star Akshay Kumar said he had requested that the making of “Housefull 4” be stopped following allegations against director Sajid Khan and one of the film’s actors, Nana Patekar.
Accusations that Patekar behaved inappropriately on a film set 10 years ago sparked India’s #MeToo movement, which has since engulfed Bollywood figures, a government minister and several comedians and top journalists.
Patekar denies the allegations.
“I’ve requested the producers (of “Housefull 4″)… to cancel the shoot until further investigation. This is something that requires stringent action,” Kumar said on Twitter.
“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,” the 51-year-old actor added.
Khan, 46, tweeted his own statement shortly afterwards to announce that he was stepping down from the film “until the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth”.