Cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul appeared as guests on the famous talk show Koffee With Karan in 2019. His appearance caused massive controversy due to his comments on the show, which led to a public outcry and a temporary withdrawal of the pair from cricket. Recently, KL Rahul’s father-in-law actor Sunil Shetty shared his opinion on the matter.
In conversation with YouTuber Ranveer Allahbadia, Suniel Shetty showed his support for the cricketers and talked about the controversy surrounding them. The actor attributed the issue to the format of the show and mentioned that Hardik can be overbearing. He added that when an anchor repeatedly asks questions in a certain way, it can influence the reactions of the guests. “You know when his (KL Rahul) and Hardik (Pandya) interview came… Hardik probably got carried away. But what do you do when an anchor is thrown down your throat? So, that’s the format of the show, you get the kids excited and they say something and then Bollywood is being banned,” revealed Suniel Shetty.
The actor also stressed on the importance of being careful with the words of the guests on the show and taking responsibility. He said everyone including anchor and guest should be responsible. Shetty further added that just because he is not able to answer a question, it does not mean that he is inferior to anyone. “You must have the courage to say things as they are and as they should be,” he concluded.
On Koffee With Karan, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul discuss their personal lives, preferences and favorite movies, actors and actresses. However, some of his comments eventually sparked controversy for being misogynistic and racist. After the uproar, to the Board of Control Cricket In India (BCCI) suspended both players temporarily barring them from participating in international cricket, BCCI later lifted the suspension on both players, and they were included in the 2019 World Cup squad. This episode was also removed by Disney+ Hotstar.
Meanwhile, Sunil was recently seen in the TV series Hunter alongside Rahul Shahu, Esha Deol, Barkha Bisht and Karanvir Sharma in pivotal roles. The actor is currently shooting for Hera Pheri 3, directed by Farhad Samji. Akshay Kumar and Paresh Rawal in lead roles.