Promoting each other’s films just before the release is not new in Bollywood. There are some who have formed a mutual admiration society and follow it’s rules religiously. And we don’t mind that since the outcome is often funny, unique and interesting. Sometimes, more entertaining than the film itself. Just today morning, Akshay Kumar posted a video on his Instagram where he is seen promoting his Brothers co-stars Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez’ A Gentleman in Toilet Ek Prem Katha style.
The film is set to hit screens this Friday (August 25) and Akshay did his bit to spread some good word about the film. In the clip he posted, he is seen making his way to the washroom which has ‘Gentlemen’ written on the door. But before heading in, he stops outside the door and says, “I am not promoting Toilet Ek Prem Katha but my brother Sidharth Malhotra’s film A Gentleman which is coming to theatres this Friday. Do watch it.” You can check the video below.
The post has got more than 3 lac views and over 1 lac likes at the time of writing this piece. But there is something extremely wrong with the way it ends. In the clip, you see a woman coming out of the men’s loo and asking Akshay, “Be a gentleman, give me side.” Now, there’s nothing wrong with this. But Akshay’s reaction to this is just what the LGBTQ community doesn’t need. ALSO READ: Sidharth Malhotra: The Biggest Question Going On In All Guys’ Head Is-Should I Use Tongue Or Not?
First of all, there is no joke over there and using a transgender person as a punchline is a shitty idea. Also, I fail to understand what Akki’s reaction was all about. Is he trying to insinuate that a transgender person is not supposed to use the men’s loo? Or is he shocked to see someone from the LGBTQ community being so open about their orientation? Or is he surprised to see the transgender woman at a place where he and the elite class like him frequent?
The LGBTQ community doesn’t need to be put in a box or judged for who they are or for their choices and Akshay disappointed me by doing just that.
The superstar hit-machine has been taking up causes that ail Indian society in his films. I hope he takes up the fight for the LGBTQ community as well. If nothing else, it will help him understand them and their life’s challenges better and not crack such silly jokes in the future.