#MeToo movement: IFTDA suspends Sajid Khan for one year
The #MeToo movement took India by storm all thanks to Tanushree Dutta after the actress spoke about the sexual harassment she faced on the sets of Horn Ok Pleassss by Nana Patekar. After Tanushree, many women spoke up about the sexual harassment and misconduct they faced in the industry. One of the prime accused in the #MeToo movement is filmmaker Sajid Khan. Actresses, assistant directors and even a journalist raised their voice to draw attention to Sajid’s misbehaviour with them. Following the allegations against him, Indian Film & Television Directors' Association has suspended him for one year.
ANI took to Twitter to inform this latest development. With this ruling, the 48-year-old filmmaker now won’t be able to be part any film for a year. Sajid has been accused of indecent behaviour by his former assistant Saloni Chopra, journalist Karishma Upadhyay and actor Rachel White, among others. While this decision by Indian Film & Television Directors' Association is being welcomed, many are objecting to the duration of the penalty meted out.
Even as allegations against Sajid flashed on social media, Bollywood celebs supported the victims opening. Even his sister, Farah Khan and cousin, Farhan Akhtar tweeted supporting the women, saying that if Sajid has done something wrong they are not supporting him.
Sajid Khan was helming the movie Housefull 4 as these allegations began pouring out and had to step down from being the director of the film. The movie also starred Nana Patekar and the actor too was shown the door.