Actress Shanthipriya who acted in her debut movie Saugandh reverse Akshay Kumar in 1991, in a current interview opened up about going through sexism within the trade. In the video posted on her Instagram, Shantipriya spoke about how she was regarded down upon due to her darkish pores and skin.
She additionally revealed an incident wherein Akshay made enjoyable of her pores and skin color and that damage her essentially the most. The actor mentioned that she suffered melancholy after the incident and determined to go away the trade.
She mentioned, “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. 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.”
She additional added that how she thinks of the incident now as an immature mistake as a result of they had been all rising up and didn’t have any concept about sensitivity.
She mentioned, “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.”