For one of the most successful producers of Bollywood, the time to take a stand has come. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala, so far happily sitting on the fence in the sexual misconduct allegation levelled at his actor Nana Patekar and director Sajid Khan, in the underproduction House Full 4, silence was no longer an option.
Though there has been no official notice, the shooting of Housefull 4, two of whose major participants are accused of sexual misconduct, the shooting of this comedy has been postponed. One hears Nadiadwala will remove Sajid Khan’s name from the credits and replace him with Farhad Samji who co-directed Housefull 3 for Nadiadwala.
Nadiadwala’s House Full director Sajid Khan, a close friend of the producer, is now being called out for gross sexual misconduct by several women. Nadiadwala is being forced to take a stand This, he is loath to do. Says a source close to Nadiadwala, “It is a very tricky situation for him, When Nana Patekar was named (as an alleged harasser) silence was an option that Nadiadwala exercised. But now with his director Sajid Khan being accused of misbehaviour by many women Nadiadwala is pushed into a corner.”
Sajid Khan and his sister Farah are close friends of Nadiadwala. Additionally, Aamir Khan has opted out of Mogul, the bio-pic on music baron Gulshan Kumar since the director Subhash Kapoor stands accused of rape, thereby showing other potential projects featuring tainted artistes, a way out.
What options does Nadiadwala have? “Well, he can remove Sajid Khan’s name as director. But Sajid and his sister Farah Khan are very close to Nadiadwala. If he removes Sajid’s name from House Full 4 he would effectively be closing down Sajid Khan’s career. If he doesn’t take action against Sajid Khan, Nadiadwala would look as tainted as his namesake,” says the source.
One hears Nadiadwala will seek his best buddies, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar’s advice on the matter. Akshay also plays the lead in Housefull 4. Akshay had already released a statement taking the high moral ground, saying he wouldn’t want to work with those accused of sexual harassment.