In 1991, Akshay Kumar starred in a film called Saugandh alongside Shanthipriya. It was her debut film but the actress was shocked to face sexism in the film industry. Recently, the actress shared a video on her Instagram page in which she has talked about the sexist and racist remarks and her depression.
In her video, Shanthipriya revealed that Akshay Kumar made fun of her skin colour. It hurt her the most and she slipped into depression after the remarks. That’s also the reason why she decided to quit the film industry. The Saugandh actress said, “After working in Saugandh, I worked with Akshay in Ikke Pe Ikka. It was a modern character and I had to wear a short dress. I used to wear stockings with dresses. I remember how Akshay used to make fun of me. We were shooting for the climax scene and because I wore a pair of stockings, my knees were looking darker.”
The Saugandh actress added, “Apart from Akshay, Pankaj Dheer, Chandani, Prithvi, Raj Sippy, spot boy, makeup man, and other people were also present on the set. There were around 100 people. In front of all of them, Akshay said ‘Shantipriya has got big blood clots on her legs’. He repeated the same many times but I couldn’t understand it. I asked him about the blood clots on my legs and he said ‘look at your knees’. I was taken aback when I heard him. I was shocked and embarrassed. I didn’t know how to react and kept thinking about others. It was very uncomfortable and I kept thinking how could Akshay make such a joke in front of so many people.”
Shanthipriya also said that she thinks of those remarks as an immature mistake. She said as they were all growing up, they had no idea about sensitivity. She further went on to say that today, she is good friends with Akshay Kumar.
“Akshay is a good friend today. I don’t want to hurt him by narrating this incident. We were all growing up and trying to become mature individuals then. I told Akshay a few years back that I wanted to make a comeback in the industry and he was very helpful. He gave me a lot of confidence and told me that he was there for me. We met at the Mehboob Studio. Akshay has changed a lot with time. He’s a responsible husband, father, actor and a citizen today. He is working a lot for our soldiers. I am proud of him and happy to see his success,” said the actress in her video.
Watch the video below:
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