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Akshay Kumar is known for his wit and humour but he has been brutally trolled on social media for his old controversial statements. Nowadays, Bollywood celebs have a filter on their candid interviews and they hardly let loose but back in the day when people on social media weren’t very active, these actors did take some liberty in sharing their views.
Akshay had given a controversial statement in 2014 during the promotions of his film The Shaukeens wherein he said that every man is lustful. The Shaukeens was a comedy film that hit the theatres in the year 2014. It was directed by Abhishek Sharma and featured multiple veteran actors including Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor, and Piyush Mishra, amongst others.
The film sees these elderly men, or ‘shaukeens’ heading to Mauritius on a vacation after getting bored of their mundane lifestyle, falling in love with the same girl and wooing her in their own element.
Here’s the trailer:
While speaking to Rediff, Akshay had said that it is in a man’s DNA to stare at women and let his imagination run wild. “There is no man who isn’t lustful. When a man looks at a woman, his imagination is bound to run wild. A male’s DNA is composed such that he will stare at a woman. The catch is in how he behaves with the woman. Anyone who disagrees with this and says it depends on perspective is again trying to hide their lust because it is socially unacceptable to think free,” (sic) said the Khiladi actor in the old interview.
If he had said this statement in 2021, he would have been trolled brutally to generalize men as stalkers.
On the work front, Akshay’s last release Sooryavashi worked really well on the box office. He will next be seen in Atrangi Re alongside Sara Ali Khan and Dhanush. The film was announced last year but the shooting was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The shooting of the film was eventually completed on March 27, 2021. The movie will release on Disney+ Hotstar on 24 December 2021.