Akshay Kumar joked about her knees looking darker than usual, “Saugandh co-star Shantipriya says she opens up on racism
Akshay Kumar’s Saugandh co-star Shantipriya opened up about the racism that surfaced in the 90s in an interview to NBT.com. The former actress recalled how she often stayed in the finishing touches as her make-up did not match her co-star and had to stop shooting. Shantipriya said that her sister Bhanupriya quit films because the industry did not accept her for her skin tone.
She revealed, “Today, I am proud of myself but at first I used to be humiliated in front of the entire crew. I was told that my make-up would not match with the hero’s and we both looked different. Then the whole process would happen. Re. It was so embarrassing. Every day before going on shooting I used to get scared about how people would see me. There was a time when I used to spend more time hiding my skin color than working on scripts. Other things. ”
She also said that Akshay made fun of her skin tone. He said, “My role in the film was Ake Pe Pe Ekka as a modern girl and the screenplay demanded that I wear a short dress. I was wearing a skin colored stocking and once during the shoot, Akshay rubbed my knee. Made fun of looking darker. More than usual. He repeatedly said that my knees had blood scars and all the actors and other members of the crew had a good laugh. ”
He said, “Akshay is my good friend and I am not complaining here, but I want to tell you that people have to understand how a joke about someone’s color can affect them.”
Apart from Saugandh, Shantipriya also acted in several Hindi, Telugu and Tamil films. Phool aur Angaar, Veerta, Mehraban, Ikke pe Ekya were some of Shantipriya’s Hindi films.
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