Akshay Kumar garnered praises when he played a naval officer Rustom Pavri in Tinu Suresh Desai’s 2016 period thriller Rustom. The flick also won Akshay a National Award. Now, Akshay and his wife Twinkle Khanna have been served a legal notice for auctioning Akshay’s naval costume from the film. The notice came from ex-soldiers, who claimed that “by putting (it) in auction, you have shown no respect for national interest (and) have also played with the sentiments of armed forces personnel and their widows and their family members”.
The notice also points that that Indian Army had issued a notice to the civilians and the shopkeepers to not wear or sell any combat clothes as it goes against the “national interest “after the January 2016 terror attack at the Air Force Station in Pathankot. They even termed it “illegal”.
The notice further said that the couple has “shown no respect for national interest” by putting the uniform for auction.
Talking about the same at an event Akshay said, if anyone finds it wrong then it is okay. I cannot do anything on that.” The couple has also defended the auction saying that they “are doing some work with good intention for a good cause”.
Akshay had planned to auction the costume and use the money raised from it for a social cause. The bidding which closes on May 26, as on Wednesday afternoon had the highest bid of Rs 235,000 for the shirt, pant and hat as reported by Hindustan Times.
Apart from Akshay and Twinkle, the notice has also been sent to SaltScout, the auction house who has put the uniform for bidding.