Akshay Kumar has been under fire recently for choosing to appear in an add for Vimal Elaichi.
As soon as the ad appeared online, people took to social media to comment on how this went against many of the things that the Bollywood actor promoted like healthy living, fit lifestyle, and more. People commented on how this is clearly surrogate advertising by the ghutka brand that created tobacco products and more.
On 21st April 2022, Akshay Kumar posted an apology on his Twitter stating he was sorry about his appearance in the ad and that he would be donating all the money earned from that endorsement to a worthy cause.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 20, 2022
In his tweet he wrote, “I’m sorry. I would like to apologise to you, all my fans and well-wishers. Your reaction over the past few days has deeply affected me. While I have not and will not endorse tobacco, I respect the outpouring of your feelings in light of my association with Vimal Elaichi.
With all humility, I step back. I have decided to contribute the entire endorsement fee towards a worthy cause. The brand might continue airing the ads till the legal duration of the contract that is binding upon me, but I promise to be extremely mindful in making my future choices. In return, I shall forever continue to ask for your love and wishes.”
Obviously, this did not go down well with many people, who actually started to bring up Kumar’s old ad for Red & White cigarette brand back in the day. Calling his apology hypocritical, people commented on how the actor was not being entirely truthful in his post.
Since it is an honest clarification, I'd wish there was honesty in the statement Akki sir pic.twitter.com/40g6GwcoWl
— BRIJWA SRK FAN (@BrijwaSRKman) April 20, 2022
Aur batao kya haal hai. https://t.co/Fy4KtnI2Qr
— Bʜᴀɢᴄʜᴀɴᴅ (@Bhagchand_Ak) April 21, 2022
There was a time when Akshay Kumar was promoting cigarettes and working with Red and White (ITC) pic.twitter.com/q3tMzhZjLH
— Money Bansal (@BansalMoney) September 7, 2020
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Akshay Kumar apologies fans on doing ilaichi Ad – pic.twitter.com/nCxXrOJ8dW
— M A S A L U (@YourMasalu) April 21, 2022
— Samim Rahaman (@Samimrahaman53) April 19, 2022
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Trolling and Memes
Beyond this, a lot of people also trolled and created memes around this whole issue.
Akshay Kumar claims, he promoted Vimal thinking it was elaichi.
Soon, he might also claim he supported BJP thinking they were patriots.
— PuNsTeR (@Pun_Starr) April 22, 2022
conversation between vimal owner and Akshay kumar leaked pic.twitter.com/qiA5nEdwby
— J (@jaynildave) April 13, 2022
Akshay Kumar: I’m sorry for Vimal thing. I’ll donate all the money.
“Great! Where will you donate sir?”
Akshay: Ye Vimal kha ke jinko cancer hoga, unke ilaaj je liye
— bhaavna arora (@BhaavnaArora) April 21, 2022
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