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Ex-Navy officers come in support of Akshay Kumar’s decision to bid the Rustom uniform-costume

Akshay Kumar’s decision to auction the uniform-costume he wore in Rustom didn’t go down well with some, but several celebrated Naval officers have come out in support of the actor.

bollywood Updated: May 06, 2018 14:10 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Actor Akshay Kumar in a still from Rustom (2016), which is based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.
Actor Akshay Kumar in a still from Rustom (2016), which is based on the real life incident of Naval Officer K. M. Nanavati and businessman Prem Ahuja.

Several celebrated ex-Navy officers have come out strongly in support of actor Akshay Kumar’s decision to auction his Naval officer costume that he wore for the film Rustom (2016), for which he got the National Award, to support an animal charity.

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Recently, there was a controversy when some people trolled the actor saying that a uniform should not be auctioned. Also, a former Army officer, Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat, objected to this auctioning calling it a disrespect to the uniform when Akshay’s wife, actor-author Twinkle Khanna tweeted about it. The protestor went to the extent of threatening to take Twinkle to court and his tweet read “You touch our honour and we will give you a bloody nose.” At this point, Twinkle had also retaliated by saying that she would take him to court for giving threats of violence.

While the serving officials of the Navy are not authorised to speak to media, we spoke to retired officers, who have come forward in Akshay’s support, calling his decision to auction the costume a good gesture aimed at doing charity and helping those in need.

Read | Akshay Kumar shuts down trolls amid Rustom controversy, asserts noble intentions

Here’s what they have to say:

“I am a proud Naval officer, was trained to fight and defend our motherland like every solider. I felt humbled to see Akshay Kumar donating over 40 crores to soliders’ widows funds. I feel sad to see few wayward minded people try to bring him down. Whether he’s wearing a uniform for a role to be later called a costume, or vice a versa, let’s stop twisting words. It does not matter! I ask those who are objecting, the naysayers, the doubting thomasses, how much have they ever contributed to the society? Akshay’s initiative is laudable and praise worthy. If we all simply stopped politicizing and contributed just a small portion to the needy, no one will sleep hungry and India would be force to reckon with. Thank you Akshay. We are proud of you.” — Commander (Rtd) Harinder Sikka

Any military officer is trained to serve the nation. His uniform is but the symbol of strength for the country he serves. We feel proud that Akshay Kumar has taken a yeoman step ahead in serving the needy by auctioning the uniform he adorned in the film. We feel proud that the costume sale will send a great message and help many. No wonder he’s so much liked by the masses. — Commodore Aspi Cawasji, NM, VSM (Retd), Indian Navy

“The day any Naval personnel adorns the beautiful Naval uniform, he mentally is committed to the protecting the citizens of India. In the process, his own life becomes secondary. Uniform is a symbol that reminds us all of that commitment. Akshay gesture is indeed laudable and praise worthy.” — Vice Admiral (Rtd) Harinder Singh

“Any Naval officer will happily lay his life in serving the citizens of our great nation. Our uniform is but a symbol of our strength and loyalty to India. Thank you Akshay for your noble act shall rekindle many a hopes and serve the needy.” — Rear Admiral (Rtd) Shankar Mathur

Akshay Kumar’s decision to barter away his Rustom uniform is a matter of pride for all of us. It’s a mere costume but shall fill many homes with happiness and joys. Thanks you Akshay. We are with you. — Commodore (Rtd) HPS Sodhi

Any naval officer’s first and foremost duty is to serve the nation and its people. Akshay Kumar’s act of donating proceeds to the needy is indeed laudable. That’s what our uniform teaches us. thank you Akshay for setting a fine example. — Vice Admiral (Rtd) S. Jain, Former C-in-C, Western Naval Command

The bidding that started at Rs 20,000 soon picked up pace, as people from many cities began taking interest in the product. The proceeds will go to NGO Janice’s Trust, which works for animal rescue. The bidding will close at 9.30 pm on May 26.

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