MUMBAI: A Mumbai-based NGO has demanded strict action against veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor over his train ‘stunts’ while on a short commute for promoting a teleserial Thursday.
Sahas Foundation president Sayed Furqan Ahmed lodged a complaint with Railway Police Commissioner pointing out that the actor’s actions set a bad precedent, were highly condemnable and punishable under the Indian Railways Act.
Ahmed said it was disheartening to see Kapoor, an inspiration to youngsters with his on-screen image, behaving in an irresponsible manner, especially in view of the ever-increasing casualties among youth travelling on footboard, surfing or performing dare-devil stunts.
“He should apologise publicly not only to railway commuters but also the family members of the youth who have lost their lives… for, he inspired others to imitate him of leaning out of a running train and footboard travel, both causing deaths every year,” Ahmed said in his plea.
Besides, he added that enormous amount of tax-payers money is spent on promotions/advertising to spread awareness and deter youngsters from performing such evil acts resulting in unintentional suicides.
He urged police take action against Kapoor and the organising agency to give a clear message on commuters’ safety and save lives.
Two weeks ago, Anil Kapoor undertook a short local train journey from Churchgate station accompanied by hordes of fans and mediapersons in tow, to promote his upcoming television action-drama series, “24: Season 2”.
An adaptation of the popular American TV series “24”, it will mark his return to the small screen in the role of Jai Singh Rathod, to be aired on Colours channel from July 23.