#MeToo impact: CONFIRMED! Makers of Housefull 4 replace Nana Patekar with Rana Daggubati

Housefull 4 is undergoing a makeover. The movie, which sees Akshay Kumar and Ritesh Deshmukh to the big screen to create yet another madhouse tale, has been in the news following the #MeToo movement. Two of the movie’s members – director Sajid Khan and actor Nana Patekar – have been accused of sexual harassment. Following which, Sajid has been replaced by Fahad Samji and now, it is being reported that Nana Patekar has been replaced by Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati. There were speculations that the actor was the production house’s choice to play Nana’s role in the movie.

Kriti Kharbanda to spend her birthday shooting for Housefull 4

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, the actor said, “It is always good to find work outside of Hyderabad, get to learn so much and do so many new things. I’ve never been part of a genre like ‘Housefull’ and it’s always exciting to work with different genres. Working with Akshay Kumar again, Sajid (Nadiadwala) and Farhad (Samji) is something I am really looking forward to.”

Nana has shot for a portion of the movie. The actor was in Rajasthan with the remaining crew members when Tanushree Dutta accused him of sexual misconduct. Farah Khan had shared pictures from the sets with the #MeToo movement had just picked up pace online. So now, Rana will begin to reshoot those scenes.

Nana’s exit from the project was announced by his song Malhar Nana Patekar. “Nana saheb thought of the convenience of everybody as he wishes the best for the producer [and] the crew [and] hence felt that stepping out of the project would be an appropriate thing to do at this point of time,” an ANI report quoted him.

Tanushree shared her reaction with India Today and said, “Let’s say I am not celebrating yet because there is so much more that needs to be done. I am glad that somebody like Akshay finally decided to put his foot down and has chosen to not work with people such as these.”

#MeToo has left a huge impact in Bollywood.

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