Casting director Mukesh Chhabra, who was all set to make his directorial debut with Kizzie Aur Manny, the official Hindi remake of The Fault in Our Stars, has been suspended by Fox Star Hindi amid sexual misconduct allegations.
Fox Star India took to its Twitter handle and shared a statement on Friday which reads, “As a responsible organization, Star India takes any allegation of sexual harassment of women at workplace very seriously hence Fox Star Studios has suspended the services of Mukesh Chhabra, director of our film, Kizzie Aur Manny, which is under production, till the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) of M/s Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company concludes its inquiry into the allegations against him.”
— Fox Star Hindi (@foxstarhindi) October 19, 2018
A few days ago, allegations of sexual harassment had been levelled against the director, which he had denied and said, “It has been years of hard work and I have been around in the industry. It is unfortunate that people are resorting to name calling and making wild allegations. Hard work and sweat cannot be erased by making false accusations. I deny any such incident took place. If anyone is indulging in rumour mongering and mischievous slandering, I will take every possible legal action to protect my reputation.”
On Friday morning, Sushant took to his Twitter handle and shared screenshots of conversations between him and his co-star Sanjana Sanghi and cleared his part of the story.