Most actors will do anything to promote their upcoming movie. Especially so if the movie is a home production. Like 'PadMan' is for Akshay Kumar. Ever since the actor started telling stories based on real-life people and issues, he has picked up both critical and commercial acclaim. Continuing with this trend, the actor's latest offering is 'PadMan'.
PadMan tells the story which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganatham, a social activist who revolutionised the concept of menstrual hygiene among Indian woman with the introduction of low-cost sanitary pads and an equally low-cost production process.
So far so good, right? Cut to the Delhi University Women's Marathon which Akshay Kumar was roped in to flag-off. Akshay was there and so were a group of flag-waving supporters of BJP’s youth wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). During the course of the event, the superstar picked up an ABVP flag and waved it around. He later tweeted about the event, with a photograph of him waving the ABVP flag.
As soon as the image hit Twitter, a section of the audience felt that it was not proper to use symbols of a political outfit at a non-political event, that too, to promote a film. Others alleged that by waving the ABVP flag, the actor had seemingly backed what some feel are the right-wing outfit's anti-minority and anti-feminist stand.
While Akshay Kumar is known for his pro-government stand, his wife, and writer Twinkle Khanna has been known to speak out against the right-wing agenda. Some on Twitter even tagged Ms Khanna seeking her opinion on the incident.
Here is what went down on Twitter.