A junior female artiste on Thursday night alleged she was molested on the sets of Housefull 4. But the makers of the film have said no such incident took place on the sets of the Akshay Kumar starrer.
In a statement, Housefull 4 executive producer Manoj Mitra said, “It is disheartening to hear about this incident. As an executive producer, I would like to clarify that the recent incident that showed up in the news related to the sets of Housefull 4, is something that evidently didn’t happen on the sets or during the shoot. It took place off the sets and hence I have to state that it is beyond our capabilities.”
Mitra added, “I would also like to clarify that Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh had packed up way before this incident occurred. It was their personal matter and nothing related to our film shoot.”
Narrating the incident, the head of the dancers, Raman Dave said, “There was some argument between the boys which happened post pack up outside the set and the girl tried to save one of the males who was her friend. She tried to stop the fight but unfortunately it was a heated argument and during the course of this fight, the boys happen to push her away to stay out of the fight.”
Refuting the reports, he added, “We have learned that the argument was between the dancers and Pawan Shetty (who is an outsider) and nothing to do with our film. I had left from the shoot but my set attendant Sandra was there on the set and even she has mentioned that nothing happened on the set. All the details reported about this incident failed to be true and it did not happen on our sets.”
Housefull 4 has been in the news after actor Nana Patekar and director Sajid Khan were accused of sexual harassment. Akshay Kumar also requested the producers of the film to cancel shoots of the film until the truth is out after which Sajid stepped down as the director of the film. Akshay shared a statement on Twitter, saying he will “not work with any proven offenders and all those who have been subjugated to harassment should be heard and given the justice they deserve.”
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Housefull 4 was set to release around Diwali 2019.