The demise of America’s George Floyd has sparked anti-racism movements throughout the world. Many celebrities and brands have taken decisions to express their solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
However, a popular actress from Tamil, Telegu and Hindi cinema and rumoured contestant for Bigg Boss 14, Shantipriya claimed that Akshay Kumar, her co-star from Hindi film ‘Saugandh’ made insensitive remarks on her ‘dusky’ skin colour.
While interacting with Navbharat Times, Shantipriya shared how her skin colour has pulled down her career in Bollywood. She was not offered the roles, she deserved because of her skin colour. ‘Skin colour’ is the reason why her sister, Bhanupriya left Bollywood.
During this interaction, she recalled the time when she reunited with her ‘Saugandh’ co-actor Akshay Kumar for ‘Ikke pe Ikka’ in which she played the role of a modern who wore shirt dresses accompanied with skin colour stockings. During the shoot of the climax of the film, Akshay Kumar said “Shanti has huge blood clots in her legs, (sic)” in front of Pankaj Dheer, Chandini, Prithvi, Saj Sippy, Spot boy, makeup man and around hundred other people. Shantipriya did not understand this statement and asked what does it mean?, to which Akshay replied, “look at your knees (sic)”.
Shantipriya said, “Akshay’s statement shook me from inside. I was so embarrassed. (sic)”
“I know it was a joke and was said with the intention of being funny but that incident made me very uncomfortable and I landed in depression. I cried in front of my mother but I never used any fairness cream,(sic)” she continued.
Shantipriya said that she isn’t sharing this incident to hurt Akshay as both the actors share a happy and healthy bond even now. When Shantipriya expressed her desire to make a comeback Akshay was supportive of her decision. “I am not complaining. I am just highlighting how insensitive remarks on skin colour affects the person, (sic)” she added.
Shantipriya is one of the expected contestants for Bigg Boss 14. She is known for her work in- ‘Saugandh’, ‘Mere Sajna Saath Nibhana’, ‘ Phool Aur Angaar’, ‘ Veerta’, ‘ Aandha Intaquam’, ‘ Meherbaan’, ‘Ikke Pe Ikka’, and ‘Hamilton Palace’.