Akshay Kumar recently visited ailing cartoonist RK Laxman in the hospital to urge him to watch his forthcoming film,
in which Kumar portrays Laxman's famous "common man". In response, while a journo called him a "jackass", Amitabh Bachchan came to his rescue.
This is what a newspaper report said about the meeting: "He’s deprived of speech and movement, but put a pen in R K Laxman’s hand, hold a pad beneath that, and the cartoonist gets to work painfully.... After his three strokes in Pune on June 17, the cartoonist was brought to Mumbai on June 20 by an air ambulance as an emergency case....R K Laxman didn’t know who Sachin Tichkule is. Nor did the eminent cartoonist of
The Times of India
recognise Akshay Kumar when the actor visited him at Breach Candy Hospital yesterday morning. Sadly, the three mini strokes he suffered in Pune last month have deprived Laxman of speech and much movement. It was left to wife Kamala to make the introductions."To top it all this piece of news was carried with a picture of a beaming Kumar next to ailing Laxman.
Micro-blogging site Twitter is abuzz right now with posts about how film promotion was taken too far in this case.
Rajeev Masand tweeted, "Need innovative ideas 2 promote films in competitive times. But Akshay Kumar grinning like a jackass at RK Laxman's hospital bed is a new low"
Amitabh Bachchan, who took an offence on Akshay's behalf, tweeted: "Rajeev .! Your fraternity will never pull you up for calling Akshay a 'jackass'. Ever thought if the reverse were to be done."
We reached Rajeev Masand and he said: "I don't want to make this into a fight. I don't want to say anything. I've said what I wanted to say already on Twitter."
Click here to see what he tweeted in response to Big B.
And we believe this isn't the last we're hearing of this.