An online poll has rated Bollywood’s popular villain and comedian Shakti Kapoor as one of the foremost gay icons in the country.
He has joined the ranks with Hrithik Roshan, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Tamil actor Suriya (of Ghajini and Singham fame), Dhanush (of Kolaveri Di fame) and Arjun Rampal; who ‘literally’ got his balls held for four seconds by Shahrukh Khan in Ra.One.
Kapoor being voted as a gay icon is surely amusing. “Shakti Kapoor has always been known as a ladies man, which is also why he was sent into Bigg Boss with twelve women last year,” commented Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar.
He further went on to say, “Inspite of being an extremely versatile actor, over the years, Brand Shakti Kapoor has entertained many with formulaic characters, some of which have seemed to poke fun at gay mannerisms too. Who can forget his super-famous goofy Balma act in the immensely successful Sridevi movie Chaal Baaz.”
Of course! And then there was also the infamous sting operation where Kapoor was ‘caught’ with a girl (a planted reporter) in a Mumbai hotel. Ah! Those were the days! Now, at 59, being declared a ‘gay icon’ is surely coming a long way since then!