Akshay played the role of naval officer Rustom Pavri in a movie inspired by the Nanavati murder case. His wife recently put one of his costumes up for auction at the Salt Scout auction house with the intention of directing the proceeds towards an NGO working for the rescue and welfare of animals. Her action has angered members of the defence forces.
One officer even threatened to give Twinkle a “bloody nose” for daring to put a naval uniform up for auction, to which Twinkle responded by saying that she would take legal action.
On Wednesday, eleven officers currently serving in the defence forces, seven retired officers and the wife of a naval officer, sent the Bollywood couple a legal notice stating, “Uniforms resembling those of the armed forces pose a potential threat to national security as the said uniform, insignia and badges can pass for genuine service clothing and can find their way to anti-national elements who can use it to foment trouble.” They even forwarded a copy of the notice to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Akshay has donned uniforms of the defence forces in several films including Sainik, Baby, Andaaz, Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyon and Holiday.
When contacted, the Kumars refused to respond to any queries regarding the notice.
Meanwhile, the uniform remains up for auction. At present, the highest bid is Rs 2,35,000. Bidding will close on May 26.
This is a cheap publicity stunt. Aren’t they wealthy enough to do charity on their own? They made money out of the movie and now they are putting the dress on auction. The families are hurt because the soldiers give their life for the nation.
— Abha ingh, lawyer
They have not violated any Act because it is not an officer’s dress. It is a costume that is available at any fancy dress shop.The actor will be inviting people to buy and the dress will go to someone with a clear background, not a terrorist. As far as legal implications are concerned we need to see what Acts will be implied and then only the punishment will be decided. Museums across the world have various costumes on display and they are auctioned as well, so there is nothing offensive to the nation. — Sawpna Kode, Lawyer
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