Mumbai: In a whirlwind of events, Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar found himself in the spotlight once again, this time for appearing in a newly released tobacco commercial alongside fellow superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgan.
However, within hours, Akshay Kumar took to social media to set the record straight and dispel the rumors.
Amidst media reports suggesting his return as the brand ambassador of Vimal Pan Masal, Akshay Kumar didn’t mince words as he dubbed these claims as ‘fake news.’
In a sharp response, he stated, “These ads were shot on 13th October, 2021. I have not had anything to do with the brand ever since I publicly announced the discontinuation of the endorsement. They can legally run the already shot ads till the end of next month. Chill and do some real news.”
This incident follows an apology issued by Akshay Kumar last year when he faced criticism from his fans for endorsing a tobacco product.
Expressing humility and a commitment to making amends, he declared, “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.”
Akshay Kumar’s firm stance on discontinuing his association with tobacco endorsements demonstrates his dedication to responsible and ethical branding decisions. As fans and the public continue to watch his career unfold, it’s clear that his commitment to making positive contributions extends beyond the silver screen.