New Delhi: Amid huge uproar over jewellery brand Tanishq’s inter-faith advertisement, actor Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub’s wife Rasika Agashe has shared a picture from her baby shower and reminded Twitter of Special Marriage Act.
Rasika, an actor, director, and a writer wrote, “Meri godbharai.. socha share kar dun.. and before crying out love jihad, let’s learn about special marriage act.” The picture is from 2014. It features Zeeshan sitting beside Rasika as the godh bharari (baby shower) rituals happen.
She later tweeted to say, “Just to clarify.. this is 6 yrs back.. with new reference! #TanishqAd”
Take a look at Rasika Agashe’s post here:
— rasika agashe (@rasikaagashe) October 14, 2020
After backlash and being accused of promoting “love jihad” and “fake secularism” on social media, Tanishq pulled down the ad. The video showed a Muslim family celebrating their Hindu daughter-in-law’s baby shower.
The now-withdrawn ad opened several intense debates on social media. The clip lead to a barrage of criticisms for the brand, but there was a section of the internet that lent its support to Tanishq and said that the ad shouldn’t have been removed.
Later, Tanishq released an official statement reading: “The idea behind the Ekavatam campaign is to celebrate the coming together of people from different walks of life, local communities and families during these challenging times and celebrate the beauty of oneness. This film has stimulated divergent and severe reactions, contrary to its very objective. We are deeply saddened with the inadvertent stirring of emotions and withdraw this film keeping in mind the hurt sentiments and well being of our employees, partners and store staff.”