Akshay Kumar on dowry: Some call it gift, I call it extortion

Akshay Kumar shared this picture. (Courtesy: Akshay Kumar)

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Wednesday said that dowry is like “extortion” and the practice continues to plague India today.

It’s in “layers”, the actor said, referring to deep-rooted social ills.

“We don’t agree with the fact that there is so much dowry in India. It is in layers. Some people call it dowry, ‘gift’.Sankalp‘. It has different names.

“Some insist that the marriage should be done on a grand scale, I call it extortion, fathers, brothers are not that capable, yet they try their best to make it (marriage) happen. Akshay Kumar told reporters here.

The National Award winner was speaking at a promotional event for his latest release “Protective arrest“, which addresses the issue of dowry.

Calling the Anand L Rai directorial a “sensitive” film, Akshay Kumar said that not many films have been made on the subject.

“If the film works on 5-10 per cent of the people who watch it, I think I’ve made the biggest film ever,” he said.

“Protective arrestIt will also be released in theaters on Thursday “Lal Singh Chadha”, Starring Aamir Khan.

The actor reiterated that the release of two films on the same date is beneficial for the show business. “Both the films doing well can only be good for the industry. The industry needs this (to release more films) today and in the future as well.

“I see the glass as half full, not half empty. There is no conflict, no impact (at the box office). Both films should work and we will support each other,” he said.

Anand L Rai, who was present at the event, said that the film’s story took shape during the first lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Protective Detention” Raju (Akshay Kumar) follows a shop owner who struggles to marry off his four younger sisters. It stars Sadia Khatib, Sahezmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna and Smriti Srikanth as Akshay Kumar’s on-screen sisters.

“Directors get ideas to make their films from the world around them. During the pandemic-induced lockdown, we started spending a lot of time with our family members at home by default. I realized that we haven’t given time to our family, the time they deserve,” the filmmaker said.

In addition “Protective Detention”, Anand L Rai said the aim is to bring the audience back to the theaters to watch the family entertainer.

“I reflected on it as a producer that we probably haven’t given films that invite the whole family to the theatres. In the last few years, directors have changed the meaning of family films. We didn’t let those films last. They are family entertainers anymore,” he added. The film also stars Bhumi Pednekar.

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