‘AK vs AK’: Anil Kapoor issues apology after Indian Air Force raised objection to film’s trailer
A few days back the makers of ‘AK vs AK’ had unveiled its trailer. The Netflix film stars Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor in the lead. Yesterday, the Indian Air Force (IAF) expressed objection over Anil ‘inaccurately wearing’ IAF uniform in the film’s trailer. They also objected to unsavoury language used by Anil while wearing the uniform.
Following IAF’s objection, Anil Kapoor issued a clarification and also apologised for unintentionally hurting sentiments.
Yesterday objecting to ‘AK vs AK’ trailer, IAF had demanded the withdrawal of certain scenes. “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,” IAF had tweeted.
The IAF uniform in this video is inaccurately donned & the language used is inappropriate. This does not conform to the behavioural norms of those in the Armed Forces of India. The related scenes need to be withdrawn.@NetflixIndia @anuragkashyap72#AkvsAk https://t.co/F6PoyFtbuB
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 9, 2020
Following which Anil Kapoor took to his Twitter handle and shared a video. In the video message, the actor said, “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.”
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) December 9, 2020
Anil also explains that in the film he is playing the role of an officer and that the rage and anger seen in the trailer are because he plays a distraught father whose daughter has been kidnapped. Anil went on add, “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 never my intent or the intent of the filmmaker to disrespect the Indian Air Force. I have always had utmost respect and gratitude for the selfless service of all our defence personnel and therefore I truly apologise for unintentionally hurting anyone’s sentiment,” Anil explained.
Even Netflix issued a clarification saying that in the film the actors are playing themselves and the film at no point represent IAF or Armed Forces.
At no point does the film represent the Indian Air Force or our Armed Forces. We have nothing but the highest respect for the brave people protecting our nation.
— Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) December 9, 2020
Vikramaditya Motwane’s ‘AK vs AK’ is slated to release on December 24.