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

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Ever since actor Akshay Kumar announced on April 26 that he has put his naval officer costume from the 2016 film Rustom, up for auctioning, he has been getting a mixed response. While some trolled him saying that it’s not a uniform but a costume, others believe it’s a great step, as it has a noble cause attached to it.
Even when his wife, actor-author Twinkle Khanna, shared his Instagram post on Twitter (on the same day) and urged people to bid for this noble cause, a backlash erupted and the decision didn’t go down well with many. She even received hate messages and threat mails. An excerpt from a Facebook post from Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat read, “If you even make a feeble attempt to auction this piece of costume in the garm of “UNIFORM” then I will drag you to the court. You may like to check my credentials. you touch our honour and we will give you a bloody nose.”
Responding to this, Twinkle tweeted, “As a society do we really think it’s all right to threaten a woman with bodily harm for trying to raise funds for a charity by auctioning a uniform used in a movie, a piece of film memorabilia? I will not retaliate with violent threats but by taking legal action! #JaiHind.” Most people hailed her stand.
And now, various ex-Navy officers have come forward in Akshay’s support, calling his decision to auction the uniform he wore in Rustom a good gesture aimed at doing charity and helping those in need.
“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.