Mumbai: Akshay Kumar went a little overboard with his promotional antics for his upcoming film ‘Khatta Meetha’. At least that’s what a senior media frontman thought when the actor visited RK Laxman (for promotion) at the hospital, where the eminent cartoonist was admitted following three strokes in Pune last month.
Sources confirm that Akshay tried to garner publicity over the ‘common man’ character (Laxman’s creation), by clubbing it with the role he portrays in the film. This media person in question got so irritated seeing pictures of beaming Akshay next to ailing Laxman that he couldn’t help lambasting Akki and called him a jackass.
In response to that, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan directed his anger at media for calling names to a fellow member of his fraternity. Bachchan wrote on Twitter, “Your fraternity never fails to club the standards of our fraternity. In fact it doesn`t believe we have any. One of your colleagues just called Akshay Kumar a `jackass` ..! Is this your `aspiration` for `higher standards`..!! Would your fraternity have spared Akshay if he were to address you as one ..?? Never expected this language from you !!
This is what the media person wrote on Twitter, "Need innovative ideas 2 promote films in competitive times. But Akshay Kumar grinning like a jackass at RK Laxman`s hospital bed is a new low.”
To which Amitabh Bachchan, who took an offence on Akshay`s behalf, tweeted: "Your fraternity will never pull you up for calling Akshay a `jackass`. Ever thought if the reverse were to be done."
Meanwhile, Akshay said he didn't do it to promote his forthcoming film 'Khatta Meetha' but was invited to do so.
About Amitabh's reaction, he commented, "Never have I felt such a strong support towards me in my career. The love you have for your colleagues and our fraternity is one to be admired and followed. I understand what ever we say or do sir will always be speculated and blown into outrageous proportions, but always know you have a greatness about you that even the best of people find hard to understand."
Further adding, "My deepest gratitude to you for your humble support, if only we all possessed a bit of dignity quite like yours..."