Hollywood star Will Smith was spotted at the Mumbai airport on Saturday. He was seen interacting and laughing with people around. He even smiled and waved to the paparazzi. According to the reports, Smith is in India to meet spiritual leader Sadhguru, following the incident at the Oscars where he slapped comedian Chris Rock onstage, leading to speculation over his personal life. Comedian Vir Das has welcomed Smith by taking a satirical dig at the actor saying that now he can learn to slap comedians with legal cases instead.
Sharing a note on Instagram, Vir Das captioned it, “Welcome welcome.” His note reads, “Will Smith is in India? Good. He can learn to stop slapping comedians with his hands and start slapping them with legal cases.” His comments section garnered various reactions from his followers. While many people poked fun at Smith refering to his Oscars slapgate, some showed empathy towards him.
Will Smith hit the headlines because of the incident at the Oscars where he assaulted comedian Chris Rock after the latter made fun of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s bald head. Post that Smith has been banned from attending any Academy event for the next 10 years, including the Oscars. He had won the Best Actor award for King Richard.
A picture showed Will Smith at the airport in Mumbai. As per reports, he is staying at the JW Marriott Hotel in Juhu. The actor has visited India on several occasions. He last came in 2019 for the shooting of his reality show The Bucket List. He also visited Haridwar and took part in the Ganga Aarti.
After the slap incident, Will also took to Instagram to apologise to Chris. “Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behavior at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are a part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally,” he wrote.
Post the incident, his visit to India has assumed significance in light of reports of Smith’s marital troubles.
(With IANS Inputs)
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