Akshay Kumar’s recent offering of his Rustom outfit for charity seems to have spurred other stars to follow suit. Hrithik Roshan, who lives in the same high-rise as Akshay and Twinkle, is known to extend his hand for charitable work supported by the couple. He has come forward to auction his ‘superhero jacket’ from Krrish for animal welfare.
And, coming up right after that is a charity auction of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh’s costumes in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
However, when Akshay had announced he was auctioning his naval officer’s uniform, all hell had broken loose. Akshay and Twinkle were rigorously trolled for trying to pass of a film costume as something as sacred and inviolable as an army uniform. A war of words broke out between self-appointed nationalists and Akshay’s wife Twinkle. But, Akshay Kumar remains unfazed.
A friend of the superstar says, “When he said he was auctioning his Rustom uniform, he was fully aware that it belonged to the character. There was no artifice or pretense involved.”
Industry spokesperson Ashoke Pandit, says, “Anybody, whether a celebrity or not, whose intentions are right should not be questioned. Akshay has been a forerunner on social issues. He has been helping people and has done films on so many important issues. He has proved that he is a concerned citizen and hence stands by his convictions. I respect him and his concern for the common people. We should encourage stars to find unique ways of collecting funds for social causes.”
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri says, “Film costumes are part of filmmaking and not real costumes. A producer owns them. What he wants to do with it is entirely up to him.”