Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar chose an opportune moment to speak up on the turmoil over alleged use of contraband substances in the Hindi film industry aka Bollywood before the release of his next movie, Laxmi Bomb. In a video message, Akshay has addressed fans of Bollywood. He requests fans to give Bollywood a chance for a course correction.
Having been deafeningly silent since the mysterious death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June, the Canadian national who, along with his wife Twinkle Khanna, plays ‘good cop, bad cop’ with the patriotic people of the country, requests the media to be sensitive towards artistes. He pleads that negative news has the power to destroy their hard-earned reputation and careers.
The message from Akshay Kumar, posted on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and other social mediums goes…
“Today, with a heavy heart I’m talking to you. I’ve been wanting to talk to you for a few days now but I didn’t know what to say as there’s so much negativity all around us. We’re called stars.. but you have made Bollywood with your love. We’re not only about the industry. We’ve also made India’s culture and values known to every corner of the world through our films. Every time the public sentiment was brought up, our cinema has tried to showcase every sentiment. Now that there are feelings of anger, we will take that as our command.
After SSR’s death, many such issues have come to the fore that have pained us as much as it has to you. These matters have forced us to introspect into our lives.. to look into many aspects of the film industry that need attention now. Like narcotics and drugs. I cannot cross my heart and lie to you and say that it doesn’t exist. It exists just like in every other industry and profession. But that does not mean that every person in the industry is involved in it.
Drugs are a legal matter and the investigation by premier agencies will surely bring justice. I know that the film fraternity will co-operate with the law and support them completely. But I request you to not look at the entire film industry like an evil and dishonourable place. Please don’t do that.
I have personally believed in the power of the media. If our media does not raise its voice at the right time, many people do not get justice. I request the media to continue its endeavours, but with a little sensitivity, because one negative news can potentially destroy the reputation of artists who have worked hard for years to earn it.”
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Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and Kiara Advani starrer Laxmmi Bomb is all set to ditch the traditional theatrical release after Vidya Balan’s Shakuntala Devi and Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo and is headed to the direct OTT release.
It was alleged that Akshay Kumar’s interactive video game FAU: G was actually conceptualised by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput months before his death but a co-founder of Indian game developing company nCore Games, Vishal Gondal, took to Twitter to say the rumours were false and baseless. He clarified that only Akshay Kumar, who is the face of ‘FAU: G’, had been a mentor to the company.
Akshay Kumar is the only Indian to feature on Forbes 2020 list of World’s 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities, and in an interesting coincidence, his rank is the same as his age, 52. Kylie Jenner and Kanye West topped the list, but sports stars, including Roger Federer and Lionel Messi, dominated the top 10.
Akshay Kumar once again featured in the Forbes 100 highest-paid celebs list this year, with an estimated earning of $48.5 million. The actor featured on the list last year, too.
Like Kangana Ranaut, who has milked the Sushant issue for her own promotion, Akshay Kumar had ranted against “nepotism” (which may be unethical but not a crime) in Bollywood, suggesting that the actor from Bihar had reason enough to be depressed and, hence, commit suicide — until CBI took the case over to probe whether this was murder.