Vinod Dua, daughter Mallika Dua lashes out at Akshay Kumar

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua and his daughter Mallika Dua lashes out at Akshay Kumar after the latter cracked a joke on Mallika on the comedy show, ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’

During one episode, the Khiladi Kumar poked fun on Mallika, saying, “Mallikaji aap bell bajao, main apko bajata hoon.” This very comment of Akshay didn’t go down well with father-daughter duo and they later took to social media to express their anger. But, strangely both deleted their posts.

Vinod posted on Facebook, “I am going to screw this cretin Akshay Kumar for telling his co worker Mallika Dua that “aap bell bajao main aap ko bajata hun” at 5:26.This is his sense of humour and language. Star Plus..wake up..”

Mallika also tweeted that she doesn’t want to feel uncomfortable at her work place. She tweeted, “So, I want humour to be limitless. I also don’t want to be uncomfortable at my work place :( The lines are blurred. Thoughts?”

According to industry insiders, the video has been leaked for Mallika to settle her scores with the TV channel for firing her. “This shoot happened weeks ago. Why did Mallika not say anything all this while? Why take a statement out of context and make an issue out of it now?,” asks a source, not wanting to be identified.

Trade analyst Amul Mohan says, “I think this is just a case of sour grapes because the mentors were shown the door. This happened while shooting and I am sure they shot this about 10- 15 days ago. Then making this noise right now only shows that this is being done because she was fired. The main factor is that none of these guys is television friendly because they have a set market on the web or some other personal video streaming platform, where there is no censorship.”

Says another industry insider, “Akshay’s comment was indeed off-colour. But look at the vulgar abuses Mallika herself has given in all her popular viral videos. She can’t be having double standards about sexism. If what Akshay said to Mallika is a pun considered offensive, then how is Mallika’s father telling Akshay that he will screw him any less offensive? The entire attitude about vulgarity being passed off as humour needs to change.” The actor, and his spokesperson, had not commented on the issue at the time of filing the story.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan says, “ When your daughter does such things on stage, what do you have to say about that? She herself is known for doing such things. These days if you compliment someone, no one notices but the moment you say something negative, it spreads like wildfire.”