The Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar is one of the most celebrated actors in the film fraternity. Along with all the stardom, he has had his share of controversies as well. From his string of affairs to the scandal his wife and he shared, these controversies managed to cause a huge uproar in the media and have every time, being the topic of heated debate amongst his fans.
Here are the top 5 controversies that got their share of the spotlight over the years:
The Fashion Show Controversy
In March 2009, Akshay walked a ramp for a jeans brand. The actor asked his wife Twinkle Khanna, sitting on the front row, to unbutton his jeans right on the ramp. This didn’t go down well with the moral police and the actor and his wife had a harrowing time walking off a lawsuit slapped at them.
The Citizenship Controversy
It all started when the actor had refused to answer to a journalist who had asked him why he did not cast his vote during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It was later known that Akshay Kumar holds Canadian citizenship.
Addressing the issue, he wrote on his Twitter handle, “I really don’t understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about my citizenship. I have never hidden or denied that I hold a Candian passport.”
Although he has a Canadian passport, Akshay Kumar pays all his taxes in India. While some supported him during this controversy, he also received some criticism from others.
The Rustom Costume Controversy
Akshay Kumar went ahead and bid his naval uniform from his movie, Rustom in order to raise money for animal welfare. Soon, netizens started questioning the fact that how can a piece of costume was being called as uniform.
Replying to the backlash the actor said that he does not think he has done anything wrong by auctioning the costume as he is doing it for a good cause.
The Mallika Dua Controversy
Akshay Kumar came under fire for making an inappropriate comment to comedian Mallika Dua, his co-judge, on the show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. As the format of the show requires mentors and judges to ring a huge bell that is on an elevated platform.
Akshay jokingly told Mallika, “Mallika ji aap bell bajao, main aapko bajata hoon.” Mallika took to Twitter to express how she felt about such a statement. Her father, Vinod Dua too lashed out at Akshay Kumar in a Facebook post.
The Good Newwz Controversy
Soon after Good Newwz’s second trailer was released, Twitterati slammed Akshay Kumar for disrespecting Lord Rama. In the trailer, a man says, “Mere Bache Ka Naam Hola Ram Hai Kyunki Wo Holi Pe Paida Hua Tha,” to which Akshay replied as, “Acha Hua Aapka Bacha Lohri Pe Paida Nahi Hua.” The same didn’t go down well with many and they accused Akshay of disrespecting Lord Ram.