- Mallika Dua got offended by Akshay Kumar's sexist comment
- "Big shots can't differentiate between charm and harm," tweets Mallika
- The clip of Akshay's remark went viral on the Internet
The letter posted by Mallika on Twitter reads: "Was it the single most vile act of inappropriate behaviour? No. Was it enough to make one uncomfortable? Yes. Would the superstar be offended had someone jokingly said to his daughter, 'Nitaara ji, aap bell bajaaiye main aapko bajaata hoon'? - Most probably."
Being offended by shaming her for the character she plays, Mallika's letter also reads: "Is Kareena Kapoor not entitled to speak about things because she played Chameli? Is Vidya Balan not entitled to speak about things because she did The Dirty Picture? The people who shame us for the characters we play are the same people who make it okay for a Bhupendra Chaubey to speak to Sunny Leone the way he did. Shame on you. Fortunately, you can't stop us."
Akshay's 'ring a bell' comment refers to the show's format in which judges ring a bell to appreciate an act. In no time, the clip from The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, in which Akshay made a remark referring to Mallika, went crazy viral on the Internet.
Mallika in her letter also says that this isn't just about Akshay Kumar.
"This is about every big Bollywood star and every other big shot, who cannot tell the difference between charm and harm. This is about every big celebrity who thinks his colleague enjoys being grabbed by the waist and twirled without her consent.
"This is about workplace etiquette for everybody, men and women included, and about understanding the idea of professional communication so we don't make someone uncomfortable in their place of work, unintentionally or otherwise."
Well, not only Mallika Dua's fans but her father journalist Vinod Dua was really upset with Akshay and told news agency IANS: "I don't expect an apology from Star Plus as they have not aired this episode. But I expect an apology from this fellow (Akshay Kumar)."
Sorry to quash your hunger for sensationalism but Facebook and perhaps a copyright claim had it removed. Find something better to do. pic.twitter.com/c9zwEslJgA— Mallika Dua (@MallikaDua) October 26, 2017
Well, it seems Mallika has already said everything she wanted to. In a nutshell, Mallika wrote on Twitter: "This is all I have to say. Enjoy fighting among yourselves and sensationalising it. I'm off to live and Work. Bye."
Akshay Kumar was last seen in Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. He has 2.0 and Padman in the pipeline.
(With inputs from IANS)