Several plum Bollywood projects have hit the wall after a fallout of the #MeToo movement which began when Tanushree Dutta spoke about the harassment she faced by Nana Patekar 10 years ago, putting the livelihood of hundreds of technicians, actors and associate workers at risk.
Usually in Bollywood, technicians and small-time actors are dependent on large projects to run their homes. The schedules of these films are announced days in advance and the technicians are exclusively booked for the films.
Once they are booked for a big project, a technician withdraws from all other projects to help the big one to fruition. If such a project is cancelled, then it directly affects the livelihood of the same people who are working in these films.
Two big budget films are continuously caught in a limbo because of the fallout of the #Metoo allegations -- one is Super 30 which is directed by Vikas Bahl and stars Hrithik Roshan and the other is Housefull4 starring Nana Patekar and directed by Sajid Khan.
Sources confirmed that all activity of the two films have been stopped till a new decision is reached about them. The technicians are losing money on a daily basis because the films are caught in a limbo. A report in Mint confirms that all of Phantom Films’ line-up of movies have been affected too.
"The first to be impacted would probably be Phantom’s immediate line-up of films, all co-produced along with Reliance Entertainment, with which it has had a 50:50 joint venture since 2015. There is the Hrithik Roshan-starrer Super 30 (directed by Bahl himself), a biopic on Bihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar; ’83, a period drama on India’s cricket World Cup victory; and a comedy titled Ghoomketu featuring Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The last mentioned, has finished shoot," Mint writes. Interestingly the next instalment of Sacred Games has also been affected thanks to the allegations against writer Varun Grover.
Another big film which is caught in a limbo is Mogul. Aamir Khan Productions backed out of director Subhash Kapoor’s biopic on Gulshan Kumar. Kapoor was also caught in the allegations. “At Aamir Khan Productions, we have always had a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual misconduct and predatory behavior of any kind. Two weeks ago, when traumatic #MeToo stories began emerging, it was brought to our attention that someone we were about to begin work with, has been accused of sexual misconduct. Upon enquiry, we found out that this particular case is sub-judice and the legal process is in motion…without coming to any conclusions about these specific allegations, we have decided to step away from this film,” Aamir Khan said in a statement along with wife Kiran Rao.
So what happens to the projects now? And will innocents have to pay for the misdemeanours of a few big names?