'Rustom' uniform auction row: Twinkle tweets of taking legal action against Navy officer for threats

WION Web Team Delhi, India Apr 30, 2018, 12.55 PM(IST)

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

Actress-turned-author Twinkle Khanna’s support for an auction involving her husband Akshay Kumar’s naval uniform he wore in the film Rustom has now taken an ugly turn as an Indian Navy officer threatened her for the act. 

Twinkle has now responded to his message saying she “will not retaliate with violent threats but by taking legal action”. The Indian Navy officer had warned her against auctioning the naval dress worn by her husband in the film and threatened her saying, “you touch our honour and we will give you a bloody nose” and added that what Akshay wore in the film was "a costume and not uniform.”

In a lengthy- post on Facebook, the Indian Navy Officer Lt Col Sandeep Ahlawat wrote: 

“Dear Twinkle Khanna

I am not on Instagram so giving you a rebuttal on Facebook. Your idea of auctioning the costume your husband donned in the movie Rustom for raising money for your NGO is as sick as your funnybones jokes/book/blog. Your Instagram post on the following idea is flawed on the following grounds.

1. What your husband wore in movie Rustom was a costume and not uniform.

2. Indian Armed Forces wives (Army, Navy, Airforce) do not auction their husband's uniforms.

3. Uniform is not a piece of cloth that a producer hands over to cinestars for enacting roles and make some quick bucks. The permission to wear the uniform comes from the office of the President of India. Uniform is earned with your blood, toil and sweat which is placed on the mortal remains of a soldier along with the tricolour.

4. If you even make a feeble attempt to auction this piece of costume in the garb 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.

Warm regards,

An enraged citizen!!”

To this, Twinkle replied with a fiery tweet that reads: “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.”

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All this started when Twinkle Khanna and Akshay Kumar came out on Twitter to support an auction that would raise money for an NGO called Janice’s Trust that works for animal rescue. Akshay has put the naval uniform that he wore in the film Rustom on auction on a website. Akshay went on to win his maiden National Film Award for best actor for the film. 

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