Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna in legal trouble for auctioning 'Rustom' costume


Bollywood couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna was slapped with legal notice for auctioning ‘Rustom’ costume of a Naval officer. The notice was served claiming that by putting the costume on auction,  the actor has hurt the sentiments of armed forces personnel and widows of soldiers.

The notice has also been served to the auction house SaltScout for the online bidding of the naval uniform which Akshay Kumar wore in ‘Rustom’. On Wednesday afternoon, the bidding closed to Rs 2,35,000 which includes a shirt, pants and a hat. The auction will be closed on May 26 night.

Akshay Kumar had put the outfit up for the auction on April 26 in support of an NGO working for the cause of animal rescue and welfare.

“Hi, all I’m thrilled to announce that you can bid to win the actual naval officer uniform I wore in Rustom! Auction’s proceeds will support the cause of animal rescue and welfare. Place your bid at http://www.SaltScout.com,”; he wrote.

The issue has been put up by one of the officers, who warned Twinkle Khanna that he would “drag” her to court if she made even “a feeble attempt to auction this piece of costume in the garb of UNIFORM”.

“…You touch our honour and we will give you a bloody nose,” he said on the site. Khanna responded by saying she would “not retaliate with violent threats but by taking legal action”. Kumar had said recently said the outfit was being auctioned off for a good cause.

“We are doing it for a good cause. The costume that I wore in the film is going (to be sold) for a good cause. So, I don’t think we did anything bad. I can’t help if someone feels bad about it,” he had said.

Smita Dikshit, who has sent the legal notice to all told PTI, “People of India who are ex-Army men and who are serving the country are enraged and in anger that these celebrities are not sensitive towards the emotions of the Armed Forces.”