These days, Actor Akshay Kumar’s vulgar comment on his The Great Indian Laughter Challenge co-judge Mallika Dua become a hot topic for discussions among the audience.
Akshay Kumar had said to Mallika Dua, “Mallika ji aap bell bajaaiye, main aapko bajaata hoon.” The actor has been trolled on the net since last few days for making such comments.
Mallika’s father, veteran journalist Vinod Dua, lashed out at Akshay Kumar in a now-deleted Facebook post saying, “I am going to screw this cretin…”
Mallika also called it a derogatory statement. While Akshay has not yet spoken about it, Twinkle Khanna has come in support of her husband and said, “Humour has to be seen in right context.”
The actress released a statement on Twitter. “I would like to address the controversy on the sets of The Laughter Challenge. The show has a bell which the judges ring after a contestant’s exceptional performance and when Ms Dua went to ring the bell, Mr Kumar said, ‘Mallika ji aap bell bajao main aapko bajata hun.’ A pun on the words and actions related to ringing of the bell. It’s a colloquial phrase that both men and women use – for instance, ‘I’m going to bajao him/her’ or ‘I got bajaoed’, Red FM even has a tagline ‘Bajatey Raho’, all without sexist connotations,” she wrote.
She also questioned, “Mr Vinod Dua, Ms Dua’s father, had written a post – it’s been taken down now, stating: ‘I am going to screw this cretin Akshay Kumar.’ Should Mr Dua’s statement also be taken literally or taken in context?”
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) October 29, 2017
Twinkle closed her argument by advocating for “freedom in comedy”.
She concluded the post by writing, “I have always stood up for the freedom within comedy including defending AIB’s infamous roasts on numerous occasions in the past and that is my stance even today, so kindly stop tagging me in this debate.”