Akshay Kumar played a Naval Officer in ‘Rustom’ (2016) and he put up his costume from the film, up for auction last month. This was to help a NGO that works for animal rescue and welfare, but it hasn’t gone down well with retired Naval Officers. They have sent Kumar and Khanna a legal notice for playing with the sentiments of armed forces personnel.
As according to TOI, the notice read “Uniforms resembling those of the armed forces pose a potential threat to national security as the said uniform, insignia and badges could pass for genuine service clothing and can find their way to anti-national elements who can use it to foment trouble. By putting in auction ‘Akshay Kumar’s Rustom Naval Officer Uniform’ you have shown no respect for national interest but have also played with the sentiments of armed forces personnel and their widows including my clients, who are retired, as well as serving armed forces officials and their family members.”
Kumar also replied to the notice saying, “We are doing it for a good cause. The costume that I wore in the film is going (to be sold) for a good cause. So, I don’t think we did anything bad. I can’t help if someone feels bad about it.”
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