Anil Kapoor apologises after IAF raises objection to ‘AK vs AK’
Actor Anil Kapoor has apologised for unintentionally hurting sentiments of the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the organisation raised objection to sure scenes that includes the actor in his upcoming OTT movie, AK vs AK. Earlier within the day, the IAF took to Twitter to specific displeasure over Kapoor carrying a mistaken uniform and utilizing abusive language within the movie, urging the streaming platform Netflix to take away the scenes with the discrepancies. Kapoor tweeted a video to apologise and clarify his stance on the matter.
“It has come to my attention that the trailer of my new film ‘AK vs AK’ has offended some people. As I am wearing the Indian Air Force Uniform while using unparliamentary language, I would like to sincerely offer my humble apologies for unintentionally hurting sentiments,” he stated within the video message.
The actor continued: “I would like to supply some context to hopefully help you understand how things came to me this way. My character is in uniform in the film because he is an actor playing the role of an officer. When he finds out that his daughter has been kidnapped the anger and rage he portrays is that of an emotionally distraught father. It was only in the interest of remaining true to the story that my character is still wearing the uniform on his quest to find his missing daughter.
“It was by no means my intent or the intent of the filmmaker to disrespect the Indian Air Force. I’ve all the time had utmost respect and gratitude for the selfless service of all our defence personnel and due to this fact I really apologise for unintentionally hurting anybody’s sentiment,” he added.
Netflix has also issued a statement on the matter.
“Hon. @IAF_MCC, our intention would by no means be to disrespect the Armed Forces of India in any regard. AK Vs. AK is a movie during which Anil Kapoor and his co-stars are taking part in themselves as actors. At no level does the movie symbolize the Indian Air Force or our Armed Forces. We don’t have anything however the highest respect for the courageous individuals defending our nation,” read a post on Netflix India’s official Twitter handle.
Earlier in the day, the official Twitter handle of IAF stated: “The IAF uniform on this video is inaccurately donned & the language used is inappropriate. This doesn’t conform to the behavioural norms of these within the Armed Forces of India. The associated scenes want to be withdrawn. @NetflixIndia @anuragkashyap72 #AkvsAk.”
The tweet was a response to Anil’s post where he unveiled the trailer. “No extra fooling the viewers please. As promised, the REAL narrative of #AKvsAK from the REAL AK,” he tweeted while sharing the trailer.
In the film, Anil will be seen playing himself, and not an airforce officer. As far as the uniform is concerned, “AK vs AK” is a film shot within a film — something which was highlighted in the trailer as well. The trailer shows Anil shooting for another project in the costume when Anurag stepped in his vanity van, and says “I would like to narrate a script to you.”
The movie is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, and slated to launch on December 24.