Akshay Kumar responds to calls for boycott of Raksha Bandhan: It is a free country | bollywood

Actor Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to address the “boycott Raksha Bandhan” trend while promoting his film. His film received online hatred after the alleged “Hindu-phobic” tweets of writer Kanika Dhillon were deleted by many users. Many urged people to boycott the movie in theaters. (Read also: Taapsee Pannu, Anurag Kashyap say they want Twitter to boycott them)

In response to the ongoing culture of cancellation, Akshay opened up about those demanding a ban on Raksha Bandhan during the film promotion in Kolkata. He said India is a ‘free country’ where people can do ‘whatever they want’. Earlier it was Aamir Khan who spoke about the demands of a boycott on his film Laal Singh Chaddha.

Akshay said: “Like I just said this, it’s a free country, anyone can do whatever they want. But all this (Raksha Bandhan and Laal Singh Chaddha) helps the economy of India. We are all about to become the biggest and best country. I would ask them (trolls) and you (media) not to respond.”

Akshay Kumar is currently touring India to promote his film for its release next Friday. After a pit stop in Kolkata, the actor and his team head to Lucknow and Delhi with co-stars Sadia Khateeb, Smrithi Srikanth, Deepika Khanna and Sahejmeen Kaur. Akshay shared a glimpse of their working tour, writing: “Team #RakshaBandhan to Kolkata, then Lucknow aur phir jayenge Dilli (then we’re in Delhi). Honestly, filmmaking is a cinch, par promotions bache ki jaan le lete hai (promotions it hardest part).”

Raksha Bandhan, directed by Aanand L Rai, revolves around Akshay’s character, Lala Kedarnath and his four sisters, played by Sadia, Smrithi, Deepika and Sahejmeen. The family entertainer focuses on Lala wanting to marry his four sisters and is relentless in his efforts to prove they have a good life. Actor Bhumi Pednekar is also part of the film and faces Akshay in the film.

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