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Akshay Kumar on Kabir Singh backlash: It's just a character, don’t take it so seriously

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Akshay defended Kapoor and elaborated on how actors get criticized for playing certain characters in cinema. 

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The Shahid Kapoor-starrer Kabir Singh (2019) has literally taken the Indian box office by storm. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and also starring Kiara Advani, the film has stormed past Rs275 crore, easily making it the highest grosser of the year so far. Not many would have predicted such a fate for the film before its release. 

But along with such staggering numbers, Kabir Singh also had its share of controversies as a section of film critics, media and the audience accused the film of glorifying toxic masculinity. For this, Kapoor too came under the scanner of criticism. 

During the interviews of his upcoming film Mission Mangal (2019), Akshay Kumar was asked his take on when actors are criticized for playing certain onscreen characters. The actor clearly said that one should know the difference between onscreen and off screen. 

“It is just a character the person is playing. Don’t take it so seriously. It is just a character,” said Akshay during the interviews. 

He also gave his own example. “I have done the villain’s role in many films but that doesn’t mean I am irresponsible,” said Akshay. One of his most notable villainous roles remains in director duo Abbas-Mustan’s Ajnabee (2001). 

Akshay added, “Gulshan Grover is not an irresponsible person just because he plays a negative character. It is just cinema!” he said. Grover is playing the villain in Akshay’s keenly awaited Sooryavanshi (2020), which is directed by Rohit Shetty.