Star India's decision to revive The Great India Laughter Challenge hasn't been as fruitful as the team had expected it to be. The TRP for the show has been on the lower side and the news of Zakir Khan, Hussain Dalal and Mallika Dua being sacked from the mentors' panel has added to the negative publicity of the reality show. It is being reported that Bollywood celebrities Shreyas Talpade and Sajid Khan have replaced the champions of the Indian web.
And amidst all of this, the comedy show has walked into a new controversy.
So what exactly did happen?
The format of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is such that whenever judge Akshay Kumar and the mentors' panel are impressed by a comedian, they have to ring a bell as a gesture of appreciation. It was during one such incident when the Bollywood actor passed a sexist (as is reported everywhere) remark to co-worker Mallika Dua.
While the actor seemed to be saying it in a casual tone, Mallika said it did make her uncomfortable.
The video was first shared by SheSays.
The actress-comedian said that the remark was blurring the lines between a sexist remark and a casual one and expressed that it did make her uncomfortable.
The senior journalist said that he will "screw this cretin Akshay Kumar."
Some users quickly started to question Mallika's own body of work and attacked her for being silent on previous occasions.
Mallika went to highlight the importance of consent in the case.
This is what they commented on Vinod Dua's Facebook post.
The artist was quick to put a protection on her Twitter profile, preventing herself from personal-attacking-trolls.
We leave it to you to decide! The actor may not have meant the words he said to her co-worker but it surely came out in a misleading way. We expect the National Award-winning actor to make a statement on this.