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Farhad Samji to direct 'Housefull 4' after Sajid Khan's exit

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The producers of "4" Saturday announced that will be taking over the directing duties of the after the exit of

Sajid announced his departure on Friday after three women actors and a accused him of sexual harassment.

The is being produced by under his banner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment.

In a statement, a of the production house said, "of '3', Farhad Samji, will now direct 4."

had co-directed the franchise's previous entry "Housefull 3" along with his brother

The film's lead star announced Friday that the shooting has been put on hold for now.

"I've just landed back in the country last night and reading all the has been very disturbing. I've requested the producers of to cancel the shoot until further investigation," he wrote on

"This is something that requires stringent action. I 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," the 51-year-old added.

Soon after, Sajid said he was taking the "moral responsibility" to step down till he can allay the allegations.

"In the wake of the allegations against me and the pressure being put on my family, my and the stars of my 'Housefull 4', I must take the moral responsibility of stepping down from my directorial post, till the time I can allay the allegations and prove the truth.. Request my friends in the media to kindly not pass judgment till the truth is out," he said.

Akshay's wife was first to ask the film's cast to a "firm" stand on the allegations against the

"Appalled hearing multiple incidents of harassment and it is truly horrific to hear what these women have been through. Everyone involved in Housefull needs to take a firm stance on this issue. This cannot go on," she wrote on

Nana Patekar, who has been accused by of sexual misconduct on the sets of the film "Horn Ok Pleassss" in 2008, on Friday also dropped out of the film.

"Nanasaheb do not want any inconvenience caused to anyone and hence in the backdrop of false accusations levelled against him he thought it fit to distance himself with the ongoing project of 'Housefull 4'," Malhar, son of Patekar, had said in a statement.

Patekar has denied the allegations levelled by Dutta.

Dutta's revelations have sparked what media is terming as India's #MeToo movement, where journalists, actors and professionals have taken to to talk about workplace harassment.

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 18:55 IST