Nana Patekar and Tanushree Dutta Photograph:( Instagram )
Tanushree Dutta accused Nana Patekar of sexual harassment while shooting for 'Horn Ok Pleasss'.
In the wake of sexual harassment allegations levied by a fellow actor of that time Tanushree Dutta, Nana Patekar announced his exit from the film ‘Housefull 4’ last week. The actor opted out of the project citing “convenience” of the production team. Tanushree claimed that Nana in 2008 while shooting for ‘Horn Ok Pleasss’ tried to make her dance on steps with her and called goons when she refused to do the same.
Speaking to ANI, Nana’s son Malhar said the actor quitting the project is the "appropriate" step. "Nana sahib thought of the convenience of everybody as he wishes the best for the producer and the crew and hence felt that stepping out of the project would be an appropriate thing to do at this point of time," read the statement.
The makers of the film have already started looking for Nana’s replacement and have some names in mind. The list includes Sanjay Dutt and Anil Kapoor.
Whenever the shoot of the film starts, there will reportedly have to be a reshoot of six days worth of shoot.
The statement came soon after ‘Housefull 4’ director Sajid Khan also informed that he would be stepping down as the helmer of the project. He did so after being accused of sexual harassment by three women in separate #MeToo accounts. In his statement, Sajid said, "In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my producers and the stars of my film ‘Houseful 4’, I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth.”
On the same day, Akshay Kumar, who is also in the film, asked for cancellation of Housefull 4’s shoot "until further investigation". Akshay said, “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.”