Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn often receive flak from people for promoting a tobacco brand. The three superstars recently appeared together in Vimal Elaichi ad, which is surrogate advertising of tobacco. While Akshay broke ties with the brand after public backlash, the other two actors have remained silent over the controversy. The most recent Vimal ad also featured actress Soundarya Sharma.
In a recent interview with Pinkvilla, Soundarya has defended herself by mentioning that she didn’t think too much as she was too excited to work with Akshay, SRK and Ajay Devgn. She said, “When I was offered the ad, first they mentioned about Shah Rukh sir, Ajay sir and Akshay sir. I thought it can’t be this because it has never happened before, it’s something unprecedented for me as an actor sharing the screen space. Then they mentioned about the elaichi mouth freshener. For a moment, I was like ‘okay’. I personally feel like come on, the little girl in me just got really really excited about the fact that ‘Oh my God. I have grown up watching them on the screen’. For me, it was like a dream come true. It was such a big thing for me.”
Soundarya further added, “I am an upright person. Never thought of doing or promoting a wrong aspect of any brand or product. I was just very excited. Come on, you gotta be asking me if am I silly enough to say no to a thing where I can share screen space with people whom we have always idolised as an actor. So that was what my only thought and I just wanted to be happy about the fact I didn’t think too much about it at that very moment.”
On the work front, Soundarya has worked in movies like R’anchi Diaries’ and ‘Thank God’. She has also been a part of web series like ‘Raktanchal’ and ‘Karm Yuddh’.