Riteish Deshmukh on Housefull 4: I second Akshay Kumar's stand

He also requested the producers of Housefull 4 to cancel the shoot until the allegations against Sajid were investigated.

Taking to Twitter, Farah wrote, "This is a heartbreaking time for my family.We have to work through some very hard issues". On Thursday, actress Rachel White alleged through her Twitter account that Khan had told her that if she could "seduce him in 5 mins", she would get a role in his next film.

Sajid's sister Farah Khan, also a filmmaker, described the entire episode as "heartbreaking". Sajid, who was the director of the film, too had issued a statement saying he was stepping down as the director of the film. Following which, several high-profile names like Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Luv Ranjan and many more stars have been accused of sexually harassing women.

Surprisingly, Akshay didn't take a stand right after Nana Patekar was accused, despite Tanushree Dutta requesting Twinkle Khanna to speak to Akshay about the same and ask the superstar to stop working with the accused. Everyone involved in 'Housefull' needs to take a firm stance on this issue. #MeToo." While Bipasha Basu said, "I am glad that women are speaking up about the atrocities of these men with power and clout. In a tweet, the choreographer-director said that she is in solidarity with the women, who have allegedly been subjected to the harassment. "He would ask me to touch his dick and get irritated with me when I said I didn't want to", she wrote in a blog post. It was just his general attitude towards women that would disturb me. He cracked lewd jokes openly and was impolite to all the girls. "(Though) never ever did the same with me".

Indian journalist Karishma Upadhyay detailed two incidents where she was harassed by Sajid; once when she went to interview him in the early 2000s and another time when she was asked to work with him on MTV.

Bipasha and Sajid had a fallout during the making of Humshakals and the actor decided not to promote the film.

She also wrote that 'it's been 7 years, and it's about time I said it out loud'.

  • Jacqueline Ellis