Akshay Kumar clarifies amid controversy over surrogate pan masala ad: ‘It was shot in October 2021, they can run it till the end of the month’ Bollywood News

Akshay Kumar issued a statement after his new advertisement for the pan masala brand surfaced online. He said that although he has distanced himself from the brand, the advertisement was shot last year.

Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar in a scene from the Vimal advertisement. (Photo: Vimal Elaichi/Youtube)

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Akshay Kumar’s latest Advertisement for pan masala brand Vimal with Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan has once again created controversy. For those who are unaware, Akshay had left the post of Vimal’s brand ambassador last year due to criticism from his fans. However, his recent advertisement has fans now accusing him of hypocrisy. As soon as the news gained momentum, Akshay came forward to clarify the situation. He explained that the ad was actually shot in 2021 and gave a brief explanation about the legal allowance for running already filmed commercials until the end of next month.

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Akshay hit back at a publication on his ex’s (formerly Twitter) handle which read ‘Akshay Kumar Vimal returns as ambassador of Pan Masala, Akshay said in the statement,‘Return’ as ambassador? If by chance you are interested in things other than fake news, here are some fact checks from Bollywood Hungama for you. These advertisements were shot on October 13, 2021. Ever since I publicly announced my decision to stop advertising, I have had nothing to do with the brand. They can legally run pre-shot commercials until the end of next month. Keep calm and do some real news.”

Akshay had earlier apologized to all his fans and well-wishers. He noted that their reactions deeply affected him and clarified that he did not and would not support tobacco.

He had said,With all politeness, I stepped back. I have decided to donate the entire endorsement fee to a good cause. The brand may continue to air advertisements for the legal term of the contract which is binding on me, but I promise to be extremely careful when making my future choices. In return I will always seek your love and best wishes.”

Talking about the work front, Akshay was recently seen in the film Mission Raniganj with Parineeti Chopra.

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First published: 09-10-2023 at 21:13 IST

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