The first trailer for Akshay Kumar’s upcoming film Housefull 4 is just around the corner and fans are excited to watch their favourite star in the comic flavour again. Before the trailer premieres on Friday, we bring you details from the film–the plot, the stars and the controversies.
Akshay starred in the first Housefull movie in 2010 with Deepika Padukone, Riteish Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan. The film was directed by Sajid Khan and opened to great success at the box office.
Sajid also directed the second film in the instalment which starred Akshay and Riteish with John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Asin and Zareen Khan. This film released in 2012 and did even better business than the first.
The third film was co-directed by Sajid and Farhad Samji, one of their many collaborations. It released four years later in 2016 and starred Akshay, Riteish and Jacqueline with Abishek Bachchan, Lisa Haydon and Nargis Fakri. The film did a stellar business again.
While all the films star Akshay and Riteish in lead roles, the stories are unrelated and get a fresh start with every film.
Housefull 4 was supposed to be directed by Sajid again but the director was put under suspension by the Indian Film and Television Directors’ Association during last year’s #MeToo movement over complaints of sexual harassment against him.
He was accused of sexual harassment by three women who opened up about their ordeals on their respective social media accounts. “The Committee investigated the complaints in the spirit of POSH Act. The allegations in the complaints are serious instances of sexual harassment and abuse of power by Sajid Khan,” said IFTDA in December.
The association also stated that even after given an opportunity to put forth his defence, Sajid didn’t give any explanation. IFTDA added that Sajid exposed his ‘real self’ and admitted to being abusive and disrespectful towards women in a previous interview.
Sajid stepped down from the film and was replaced by Farhad. Akshay stood by the victims and did not support Sajid.