At the time, rising star Akshay Kumar spoke out against the yellow journalism and also maintained his fan-dom of the Queen of Bollywood, Sridevi.
Excerpt from an interview he did following the release of the above magazine:
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Akshay Kumar, "…Let me start with the latest story going around. I was quite disgusted and shocked to read about my affair with Sridevi in a magazine. It's all lies! Just because I signed a film with her, I am supposed to be involved with her? This film with her, Meri Biwi Ka Jawab Nahin, I got because of Chinni Prakash, the dance master. It's a remake of a South Indian film, and originally, another hero was supposed to do it. (Jackie Shroff?). But later, when he couldn't take on this film, Chinni Prakash told the director, Pankuj Parashar, to show my film Khiladi to Sridevi and if she agreed, then to sign me. They showed her the film and she agreed, and so I was signed for the film.
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After that, we did a photo-session together where we just about smiled at each other. But, during the shooting schedule, I learnt a lot by just watching Sridevi. Just before the director says 'action' every actor quickly gets into the mood of the scene, but Sridevi has an absolutely blank face, no expression, nothing. The minute the director says, 'action', the transformation is amazing! I don't understand how she manages it but its wonderful watching her. Sometime back, we saw the rushes of what we had shot and Sridevi looks beautiful and young. Pankuj told me that we look perfectly matched! Working with her has made me more confident and it has helped me professionally also. Like people say, he's doing a film with Sridevi and so I receive good offers.
Although we work well together, we don't really vibe off-camera. I have heard that she had refused to pose for still photographs with me, but I don't' really know anything about this, because no photographer has come and told me that in so many words. But there are working stills of our film together and that's enough for me.
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