The Indian Air Force (IAF) Wednesday objected to a trailer for the forthcoming Netflix film AK vs AK in which actor Anil Kapoor is seen donning the IAF uniform while using “inappropriate” language. With IAF asking for the scenes to be withdrawn, Kapoor apologised through a video message on Twitter “for unintentionally hurting sentiments”.
The IAF had tweeted: “The IAF uniform in this video is inaccurately donned and 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 The related scenes need to be withdrawn.”
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 The related scenes need to be withdrawn.@NetflixIndia @anuragkashyap72#AkvsAk https://t.co/F6PoyFtbuB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
Kapoor and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap play exaggerated versions of themselves in AK vs AK.
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) December 9, 2020
“At any time, in whatever way one is portraying the IAF, there is a prescribed procedure to take permission, which the filmmakers had not taken,” a source in the IAF said.
In his apology, Kapoor said his character in the film was that of an actor playing the role of an officer. “When he finds out that his daughter has been kidnapped, the anger and rage he experiences and portrays are that of an emotionally distraught father…. It was never my intent or the intent of the filmmakers to disrespect the IAF,” he said.