Most recently, netizens found themselves disappointed by the leading actor Akshay Kumar, during his gig to build awareness about water scarcity.
Water scarcity is one of the biggest problems that many impoverished families are facing in India. In fact, many women and young children in rural India, walk long miles in search of water every day under the scorching heat. The difficult plight of these women and children brings so much pain and agony in their lives that no one could even imagine.
So, when Akshay Kumar decided to walk 21 km on a treadmill in the air-conditioned set-up with his branded sneakers to understand the plight of women, it didn’t sit well with many netizens. The actor’s attempt to build awareness about water scarcity as a part of the Network18 initiative Mission Paani Waterthon was heavily criticized by the netizens
Put aside the treadmill, come out of the ac room. Walk for hours barefoot on uneven roads & desert areas with more than one water container, only then u will understand @akshaykumarhttps://t.co/S9Ypr2mv0d
@akshaykumar ji why this drama? You can’t imagine pain of those women who walk so many kilometers in distress just to get some bucket of water, merely by walking on treadmill.???? Go to such places personally, help those women/families to get a solution on ground with help of govt. https://t.co/BtPOWz7sYR
Walking on a electricity powered treadmill inside an air-conditioned studio wearing sneakers and talking about the plight of women who have to walk kilometres to fetch water. ????????♂️ Hypocrisy thy name is Akshay Kumar. pic.twitter.com/TUznZmFx9R
Im still pissed at this.. So let me get this straight, he’s gonna walk on a treadmill, in the comfort of his home, with comfy shoes, and he thinks thats equivalent to Women fetching water barefoot from long distances, in the scorching heat?? @akshaykumar Get the fuck out of here! https://t.co/rxwhKBsupK
Though the event had the best intention to shed light on a very important issue of water scarcity, it is heartbreaking how the unfair comparison left many disappointed. In the end, it doesn’t take much to understand that walking on the treadmill with comfortable shoes in a well air-conditioned room is not even close to what our rural women and kids go through as they walk barefoot in the scorching heat while carrying pots of water on their head.