In what could be an instant–replay version of what transpired after Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey was accused of multiple sexual offences, actor Nana Patekar may find his role removed from the underproduction comedy franchise Housefull 4.
When the revelations of Tanushree Dutta, placed Nana at the centre of a roaring controversy, he was shooting for the comedy franchise, far from Mumbai along with other stars such as Riteish Deshmukh and Akshay Kumar. However, the #metoo allegations hit and all hell broke loose. Despite being defiant initially, Nana had to throw in the towel and announce that he was stepping down from the film. Along with Nana, #metoo also took down the director of the movie, Sajid Khan who was accused of sexual misconduct by several women including a journalist.
So now, after the outraged protests, Patekar could find his role written out of the film. Says a source close to Housefull 4, “In Hollywood, they scrapped Kevin Spacey’s role from the film All The Money In The World and replaced him with Christopher Plummer overnight. Some such surgical operation is definitely a possibility in this case. But instead of replacing Nana they may cut his role out from the film.”
However, other reports say, the makers were looking for a replacement and they appear to have found one in Tollywood superstar Rana Daggubati. According to a story in peepingmoon.com the Bahubali star has been brought in, instead of Nana and he is likely to start shooting from the end of this month. Evidently, producer Sajid Nadiadwala wants to wrap up the remaining portion of Housefull 4 without any hassle. Earlier, he had replaced director Sajid Khan with Farhad Samji.
But while Housefull 4 is going through changes, what happens to Super 30, the Vikas Bahl directed film that is also under a cloud after sexual harassment allegations against the filmmaker? Sources close to Nadiadwala discounted all possibilities of scrapping the film and it is likely to release on the scheduled date.
Additional inputs by peepingmoon.com