Housefull 4 is very much surrounded by controversy right now. After one of its actors, Nana Patekar was accused of sexual harassment, the film’s director Sajid Khan landed into soup. Actress Saloni Chopra and journalist Karishma Upadhyay have accused Khan of harassing them. Also, Ungli actress Rachel White shared a harrowing account of molestation and harassment at the hands of Sajid Khan in a Twitter threat. She wrote, “I believe you @redheadchopra I was sent by my agency then to meet Sajid Khan during Humshakals. Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajid called me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu."
I believe you @redheadchopra I was sent by my agency then to meet Sajid Khan during Humshakals. Right after my agency told me about the meeting Sajid called me within the next 5 mins and said the meeting would be at his house opp iskon Juhu.— Rachel White (@whitespeaking) October 11, 2018
Journalist Karishma also shared her own side of story of harassment she faced at the hands of Sajid Khan.
Soon after these many #MeToo accounts emerged against Sajid Khan, Twitter was overflowing with angry reactions from all the quarters against the filmmaker.
Horrifying. I remember reading in a review of a film he directed, that the film had 'jokes' about marital rape and custodial rape. So this is not surprising. I'm sorry this happened to you, and more power to you for speaking out!— Aarefa Johari (@AarefaJohari) October 11, 2018
I love you Karishma. And I’m with you.— Janice Sequeira (@janiceseq85) October 11, 2018
@itsmepuran @Priyesh_7401 @DevanshiDoshi3 .. what's happening to our industry. @SimplySajidK should be removed from directing #Housefull4 @akshaykumar please say something and stop the film if a lunatic like @SimplySajidK is going to direct it.— Shravan (@Olive2729) October 12, 2018
@TheFarahKhan I know you may ignore everybody on this earth right now to support your brother and get him out of all these controversy but he's going to repeat it again with other women. @WOMAN please put this guy in #carandinuprison #Brazil. #SupremeCourt #HighCourt #MeToo— Shravan (@Olive2729) October 12, 2018
I'm sorry you had to go through such a horrific experience Karishma. But so, so brave of you to put this out. More power to you.— PDG (@PratimDGupta) October 11, 2018
Thank you so much Rachel for speaking out on this Disgusting Creep - Sajid Khan— Aman (@cadence99) October 11, 2018
More power to you!! https://t.co/I1WJ3DsJyz
Another of Sajid Khan's disgusting behavior. Will @deepikapadukone @tamannaahspeaks @RamKapoor @karanjohar @iamsrk et all speak up now atleast? Or conspicuous silence when it hits home? pic.twitter.com/L1Aj329wYS— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) October 11, 2018
Sajid Khan had been accused of sexual misconduct by three women on the social media. All the three women have come with their #MeToo stories with harrowing details. They talked about how Sajid Khan would talk objectionably with women around him.
Narrating her account, Rachel White wrote, “I was in a white vest and blue denims and still felt I was standing nude with that gaze. What happens next is that he finishes his cardio and walks up to me asking me about my b**bs and making that kind of conversation. I didn’t bother to answer to anything.”
“After that he asks me to strip for him bcoz there were scenes in a bikini and he needed to see how I looked. I replied saying “there are pics of me in bikinis sent to u,I think that should good for u” n wen he insisted I said “I’m ready to parade ur office in a binkini nt at home,” she added.
The last two weeks have been eventful for Bollywood as many women are coming up with sexual harassment stories against some of the noted celebrities of the trade. So far, Alok Nath, Kailash Kher, Nana Patekar, Subhash Ghai, Luv Ranjan among others have been accused of sexual harassment.
Samantha Akkineni stands for best friend Chinmayi Sripaada who accused Vairamuthu of sexual harassment