“Playing with Sentiments” Akshay Kumar and Twinkle land in Legal Trouble for Auctioning ‘Rustom’ Costumes.
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have been slammed with a legal notice for auctioning the naval uniform he wore in Rustom.
This act hasn’t gone down well with the armed forces personnel and widows of soldiers.
The notice has also been sent to auction house SaltScout, which has put out the naval officer uniform for online bidding.
Mr Kumar had put the outfit up for the auction on April 26. “Hi, all I’m thrilled to announce that you can bid to win the actual naval officer uniform I wore in Rustom!
As of Wednesday afternoon, the highest bid offered for the uniform which includes a shirt, pants and a hat was Rs 235,000. The bid closes on May 26.
Till date no uniform or medal has been put for auction. The reason for the same being that an officer’s uniform is bestowed as a singular honour on a commissioned officer by President of India for life.
The notice said Akshay and Twinkle have “shown no respect for national interest” by putting the “Rustom” uniform up for auction.
The Bollywood couple has defended the auction, saying “they are doing some work with good intention for a good cause, 90 per cent of the net proceeds from it would support NGO Janice’s Trust, an animal rescue service, treatment centre and shelter based in Panchgani in Maharashtra” (Quote Source: NDTV)
The legal notice has asked Akshay and Twinkle to cancel the auction “failing which necessary action shall be taken against you under the relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code”.
Rustom is a 2016 Indian period thriller film written by Vipul K. Rawal, directed by Tinu Suresh Desai and produced by Neeraj Pandey. Akshay Kumar and Ileana D’Cruz in the lead roles. The film is based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.
Rustom was released alongside Mohenjo Daro. It was a smash hit at the box office collecting 50 crore in its opening weekend. The film also performed well internationally, grossing approximately $3 million in its opening weekend.
Akshay Kumar received the National Film Award for Best Actor at the 64th National Film Awards for his performance in the film.