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:
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 9, 2022
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.
This is such a problematic advertisement. Who passes such creatives? Is the government spending money to promote the safety aspect of a car or promoting the evil& criminal act of dowry through this ad? https://t.co/0QxlQcjFNI
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) September 11, 2022
1. Disgusting to see Indian govt officially promoting dowry. What even???
2. Cyrus Mistry died because the road design was faulty. That spot is an accident-prone area.
Amazing way to deflect responsibility by pushing for 6 air bags (& expensive cars) instead of fixing roads. https://t.co/vTiTdkeei2
— Saket Gokhale (@SaketGokhale) September 11, 2022
Is this an Ad for dowry?
Tax payers money used for promoting dowry https://t.co/mhHtNVckyg
— Lavanya Ballal (@LavanyaBallal) September 11, 2022
Government for the Rich
Advt., made for Rich Indians, promoting safety….. and DOWRY ?? https://t.co/v4NWxJgN80
— Krishnavir Singh Rathore Sevadal (@KvRathoreINC) September 12, 2022
Glorification of dowry, oh sorry, ‘gifts’ 🤡
Same Akshay Kumar did a movie recently to spread awareness against dowry. What a joke. https://t.co/1oYiMdfEPb
— smyltr (@smyltr) September 12, 2022
Why would u pass n promote the evil practice, a punishable offence in the country of dowry, Just for promoting six airbags in cars.
Why would u do that.??@akshaykumar why do u contradict urself always. Just a month back u did raksha bandhan that spoke of dowry n now this?? https://t.co/tjXGIu6itS
— Ria (@RiaRevealed) September 12, 2022
Amazingly G.O.I and our NRI celebrity promoting DOWRY and then this leads to Legal Terrorism.
— manish sindwani (@manish_sindwani) September 12, 2022
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Why the hell marriage expenses are always on the girl's family?
Why does this 'Bidai' should be sent in the car by the girl's family?
At the time of inflation minister should be promoting simple marriages and special marriages.. not fatty weddings with dowry and exploitation. https://t.co/LgSBtGGC61
— Dr. Bharatashree V M🇮🇳 #DalitDoctor (@Bharatashree) September 12, 2022
So the govt of India chooses to normalize dowry in their ad for road safety. Slow clap!! https://t.co/gFjPUxPVRo
— Silly Soul Aakash 🏳️🌈 (@aakashmehrotra) September 12, 2022
— Bhavreen Kandhari (@BhavreenMK) September 12, 2022
So it is Dowry’s ad right and Govt itself is promoting it … good https://t.co/vZd9wjAOxH
— ਅਦਨਾਨ ਅਲੀ ਖਾਨ ( عدنان علی خان ) (@AdnanAliKhan555) September 11, 2022
Giving or taking a car for dowry?
Always count the airbags first. https://t.co/JTUToHNF6n
— PKR | প্রশান্ত | پرشانتو (@prasanto) September 11, 2022
Why tax payers money is being used for promoting dowry @nitin_gadkari ?Who passed this script & this creative.this is pits 🤦🏻♀️It has taken so many years for ppl to not ask for dowery,yet it lives in our society & now you are promoting it #facepalm https://t.co/Xl3D5U1lSc
— Ruchi (@Ruchishri) September 12, 2022
Propagating dowry in the name of spreading awareness about safety. Someone or a group of people thought this, pitched it, got accepted, got actors to agree to be a part of it, shot the video, got final edit, aired it. Did anyone object and were they heard? Strangely, no. https://t.co/d7T6kupaWx
— Doctor (@DipshikhaGhosh) September 12, 2022
What a sorry excuse! Glorifying dowry in the guise of safety awareness!
Not to mention majority of Indian cars have Zero NCAP rating – meaning they'll crumble like pappad on the roads, but now they come with 6 airbags.
So you can now crumble in comfort https://t.co/sPJxIxWhWQ
— JD Scarface 7 (@jillsdaniel) September 12, 2022
What an ingenious way to promote dowry. All you guys out there, make sure there are enough air bags when you are demanding an expensive car from your in laws 🥰 https://t.co/9JfVdUZvNO
— TakeADeepBreath (@DeepTake) September 11, 2022
Good step sir!
However, aren't you (unintentionally) promoting dowry here? https://t.co/yZ24TkuSRy
— Achal Shah (@achalshah06) September 11, 2022
Do you all see the problem with this ad? 🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️
Did no one point out the obvious https://t.co/FoV7AWrzbi
— Gargi Rawat (@GargiRawat) September 11, 2022
What rubbish is this?
Glorifying the evil practice of Dowry https://t.co/tv1w0XXASw
— Grouchy Maxx (@softgrowl) September 11, 2022
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?