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Will Smith pictured at the Mumbai Airport, makes first public appearance since Chris Rock slapgate at Oscars | See Pics

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: The global star, Will Smith, was spotted at Mumbai’s Kalina airport on Saturday morning, after the controversial slapgate at the Oscar 2022.  The Academy Award winning actor was seen wearing a big smile as he interacted with people outside the airport, in a white tee and fancying a garland.

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Notably, the 53-year-old had come to India in 2019 for the shooting of his reality show ‘The Bucket List’. During his 2019 visit, Will Smith met a few Bollywood stars and shot a segment with the team of ‘Student Of The Year 2’. He also paid a visit to Haridwar.

Will Smith waves at reporters

Will Smith has been barred from attending the Oscars for the next ten years, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Academy took action against the ‘King Richard’ star after he smacked and swore at Oscar presenter Chris Rock for a joke about Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

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For the unversed, at this year’s Academy Awards, Chris Rock took the stage to present the award for Best Documentary Feature, during which he made a joke about Will Smith’s wife and actress Jada Pinkett Smith being in “G.I. Jane” because of her shaved head, which enraged the The Pursuit Of Happiness actor, who slapped Chris Rock and screamed, “Keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth!” Will Smith later apologised to the Academy and his fellow candidates when accepting the Best Actor award.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences launched a “formal examination” of the event a few days later, as well as an apology to Chris Rock for the occurrence.

Will Smith later apologised to Chris Rock in an Instagram post, saying that he is “embarrassed” about what he did and that he is “embarrassed” about what he did. “I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness.”

Will Smith is the star of movies like ‘Ali’, ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’, ‘Men in Black’ series and the ‘Bad Boys’ films just to name a few. He is also the star of the popular television series ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’.

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