People Criticize Govt & Akshay Kumar For Making An Ad That Allegedly Promotes Dowry

After the sad demise of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry in a road accident, a lot of conversations have kickstarted around road safety in India and the usage of seatbelts.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways also recently roped in Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar to feature in an advertisement promoting road safety in India.

In the ad that was recently tweeted by the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, Kumar is seen dressed as a cop reprimanding the father of a bride who is giving a teary send-off to his daughter post her wedding.

“Aesi gaadi me beti ko bida karoge toh rona toh aaega he,” says Kumar to the bride’s father. To this, he responds, “Kya kami hai isme? Automatic hai, sunroof hai, imported music system hai, arey 2 nahi 6 speaker hai.”

This is when Kumar interrupts him saying, “Arey airbags to sirf 2 haina. 6 kyun nahi?” He then goes on to explain that during an accident, only the airbags in the front would open leaving the passengers sitting behind (in this case, the bride and the groom) prone to a deadly accident.

Following his explanation, they get done with the old car and a new car with 6 airbags immediately comes for the newly wedded couple.

Watch the ad here:

Many people thought that the bride’s father sending the couple off in a better and more secure car indirectly suggested dowry and hence, the advertisement was met with a lot of criticism online.

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Having said that, some said that people also rent vehicles for the bidai ceremony and this isn’t promoting dowry directly. What do you think?

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