Artists’ Union says Sajid Khan should be ‘allowed to make a living’ by competing at Bigg Boss: ‘Faced his punishment’

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has said filmmaker Sajid Khan has been fined for his alleged misconduct and is now allowed to earn a living. Several women had accused the filmmaker of sexually inappropriate behavior during the #MeToo movement and Sajid was subsequently banned from FWICE for a year.

In what is perceived as an attempt to facilitate his rehabilitation, the filmmaker did joined the cast of the reality show Bigg Boss as a candidate. His appearance on the show was seen as potentially inciting to the women who had accused him of misconduct, and other survivors as well.

In response to Swati Maliwal, chief of the Delhi Commission for Women, FWICE called for Sajid to be removed from the show, FWICE said in a statement that the panel believes the filmmaker should be allowed to work, especially as he has served his year-long ban. The DCW boss had written to I&B Minister Anurag Thakur on the matter and later said she had received threats of rape for speaking out against the show.

FWICE’s letter read: “After carefully reviewing the entire process of IFTDA’s POSH Committee and considering the opinions of FWICE’s legal team, FWICE has also approved the lawsuit against Director Sajid Khan and supported IFTDA’s decision by BAN on Shri Sajid Khan.” for one year.” It continued: “Shri Sajid Khan had worked with IFTDA and FWICE and followed the decision of the POSH committee. FWICE was satisfied with his behavior during the period of his ban and after the year of this sentence ended, Shri Sajid Khan’s ban was lifted by FWICE on 03/14/2019. Shri Sajid Khan has now joined BIGG BOSS to earn a living.” FWICE concluded its letter by asking Anurag Thakur not to take any action against the filmmaker based on Swati Maliwal’s complaint.

Sajid was in the middle of producing Housefull 4 when the allegations came to light. Star Akshay Kumar said in a statement that he does not condone the behavior described by Sajid’s accusers. The filmmaker was removed from the project and Farhad Samji was appointed as the backup director. Asked about the allegations, Akshay said of the film’s trailer launch event, “I don’t know exactly what happened in his case, but if all goes well and he’s acquitted, I will definitely be working with him in the future.”

Sajid is also preparing a directorial comeback with 100%, a film that will feature a cast that includes John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Nora Fatehi and Shehnaaz Gill.

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