Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has landed in controversy after he featured in washing powder advertisement, where he plays the role of a king.
According to Republic World, a police complaint was also filed against the actor for allegedly defaming Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the advertisement.
In an advertisement for Nirma washing powder, Akshay Kumar can be seen as a king and arrives with his army in a palace. After entering the palace the actor says, "Maharaj aur uski sena dushman ko dhona jaanti hai, aur apne kapde bhi. (The king knew to beat up the enemies and also wash their clothes)". As a woman points out their dirty clothes, they are then seen washing the clothes with the product.
The advertisement did not go down so well with netizens and they have been expressing their views in the way they know best: by posting about it on social media. After which #BoycottNirma started trending on Twitter.
Here's what Twitterati is saying:
Why....?— Harshad Dhamale ?? (@iDivineArjuna) January 8, 2020
Why always Bollywood has to target our History, Culture..?
? Whether it be In KBC calling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as Shivaji
?Dabangg 3 Mocking Sadhus
?And Now Nirma Mocking Maratha Warriors#BoycottNirma pic.twitter.com/dSzQ2BQ223
?What will @akshaykumar know what it takes to become real maratha warriors?— Swapnil Bhosale? (@s3630) January 8, 2020
?No one can match the greatness of Maratha Warriors - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj till Bajirao Peshwa...
?Jai Bhavani Jai Shivaji?#BoycottNirma pic.twitter.com/aQTSKKhjHr
#BoycottNirma— Kshama gupta (@kshamagupta12) January 8, 2020
We are demanding Nirma to withdraw the offensive advertisement in which the great Maratha soldiers shown wrongly, they have made use of our brave Maratha Soldiers to sell their product and tender an unconditional apology immediately ! pic.twitter.com/pzu305bHJC pic.twitter.com/4Y7wKki53t
Nirma was a trusted brand and household name among all Hindus. We loved that company as it was one of the early Made in India companies. Now the very same company is being ungrateful to the people of India and hurting Dharmik sentiments. Hence our reply to them #BoycottNirma— Bharath Prabhu (@Bharath_Pss) January 8, 2020