Close on the heels of a much public spat between actors Shah Rukh Khan and filmmaker Shirish Kunder, Akshay Kumar and John Abraham almost came to blows on Friday at their film’s screening. Caught on camera by our photographer who was late in leaving the venue after the screening of their upcoming film Housefull 2 at a theatre in Mumbai, the actors got into a heated argument that soon escalated into what seemed like a physical fight. While most guests had left by then, the few eyewitnesses revealed that the altercation got to a point where the actors’ bodyguards had to intervene. The private screening of the film, meant for close friends, and family, apparently ignited a debate about who was behind the success of their last hit Desi Boyz (2011), which fared well at the box-office.
“Someone made a joke comparing the two, and what started as a harmless banter suddenly got serious. Back in the day there were some rumours of rivalry between the two even during their film Garam Masala (2005); so that could have made matters worse. Both of them are known to be hot headed anyway,” said a crew member of Housefull’s production team, requesting anonymity.
Ironically, the two have maintained a cordial relationship in the press as there have been regular reports about Akshay’s son, Aarav, being a big fan of John. The actors who got miffed at spotting our shutterbug clicking pictures, refused to respond to our messages. ‘Everything’s well. It was just a silly argument that’s sorted,” explained the film’s spokesperson later.
Bollywood’s on a short fuse
Of late, there have been several instances of Bollywood personalities getting into physical fights and subsequently hitting headlines for the wrong reasons. On January 29, actor Shah Rukh Khan allegedly slapped filmmaker Shirish Kunder (left) at a bash hosted by Sanjay Dutt to celebrate the success of Agneepath. On February 22, actor Saif Ali Khan got into an ugly brawl with NRI Iqbal Sharma and allegedly punched him, breaking the latter’s nose.