Akshay Kumar swept the floor off our feet when he narrated a horrifying incident he faced in his childhood. The actor who recently attended a seminar on women’s safety in Mumbai, dropped everyone’s jaws when he touched upon the sensitive subject of child abuse. Akshay recalled how as a naive, six-year-old boy he did not know that a seemingly harmless ‘uncle’ figure could do something to him he would not forget in a lifetime.
“When I was a child, my parents always encouraged me to speak to them frankly about everything that happens in my life. Whether it was discussing a sexual issue or anyone’s inappropriate behaviour, I was asked to come home and talk about it very frankly and fearlessly,” Akshay began to reveal his story.
“When I was a six-year-old boy, I was on my way to a neighbour’s house when the lift man touched my butt. I was really agitated and told my father (Hari Om Bhatia) about it. He filed a police complaint. Investigations revealed that the lift-man was a history-sheeter,” the actor recounted at the seminar.
“Further, the cops took appropriate action and the man was arrested. I was a shy kid and was relieved that I could speak about this to my parents. But even today, I find it difficult to say the word ‘bum’. We must encourage women and children to speak up and tell their families if they encounter anything strange so that they can be protected and empowered,” iterated Kumar. Be it his films or real life, Akshay has made it a point to raise awareness about the issues our country has been facing for years. He, for sure, knows that Bollywood personalities have a great influence in shaping up the opinions of the ‘aam aadmi’.
Akshay’s upcoming film ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ will hit the theatres this August 11. Checkout the trailer here….
— Marie-Alix PRAT (@malixprat) July 27, 2017