SA­JID KHAN BOOTED OUT, NADIADWALA MAY TAKE OVER HOUSEFULL 4

Af­ter Akki cancels Housefull 4 shoot amidst sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against Sa­jid Khan, Nadiadwala likely to com­plete project

Mid Day - - NEWS - SONIL DEDHIA sonil.dedhia@mid-day.com

EX­ER­CIS­ING a zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy to­wards sex­ual abuse, Ak­shay Kumar can­celled the shoot of Housefull 4 yes­ter­day af­ter direc­tor Sa­jid Khan was ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by three women. Close on the heels of Kumar’s an­nounce­ment, Khan is­sued a state­ment an­nounc­ing his exit from the project. mid-day has learnt that Sa­jid Nadiadwala — who is on board as a pro­ducer — is likely to helm the Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Riteish Desh­mukh star­rer. A source close to pro­duc­tion re­veals, “The film is sched­uled to re­lease dur­ing Di­wali next year. But since the film is heavy on VFX, it is im­per­a­tive that the shoot be wrapped up by Jan­uary, leav­ing the team enough time for post-pro­duc­tion work. Also, be­ing a multi-star­rer project, it will be dif­fi­cult to get bulk dates from the ac­tors later, should they de­cide on post­pon­ing the film. The team has de­cided to meet in the com­ing week and dis­cuss if Nadiadwala can take over the project. wHe is the best man for the job as he has been a part of the fran­chise since its in­cep­tion.” The source adds that the team has also dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of re­mov­ing Nana Patekar’s char­ac­ter, in face of the al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against him.

Mukesh Ch­habra; (left) Vicky Si­dana

mid-day’s re­port in Oct 12 is­sue

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Housefull 4 team with Patekar; (top) Khan; Nadiadwala

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