A popular hosiery brand is attracting criticism from netizens after it latest advertisement shows a thief snatching the belongings of tourists in Kashmir.
The ad, in which actor Maniesh Paul is apparently seen in one of the Mughal gardens , shows a man snatching away the sweater from the actor while the latter is taking a selfie with his female partner.
Following it the actor is shown running after the ‘thief’ as he scrambles to one of the wooden ghats on the shores of Dal Lake.
Instead of reprimanding the thief, the actor is seen taking off his woolen clothes and giving them too the thief with a tagline “Dollar Ultra haina, kuch extra nahi chahiye (I have Dollar ultra, I don’t need anything extra).”
The advertisement didn’t go down well with the Twitterati who pointed out that it portrayed Kashmir in a bad light even as the place has the lowest crime rate, especially against tourists, across India.
The netizens have demanded that the advertisement promoting ‘Dollar thermals’ be pulled down.
“This ad portrays Kashmiris as thieves. Kashmir has the lowest crime rate toward tourists and is comparable to European countries in terms of safety,” tweeted Shehla Rashid.
Another Twitter user, Muzamil Maqbool reacted: “This ad script is too offensive for people of kashmir. This projects and sets a wrong paradigm among masses. Kashmir has been a no 1 safe destination for tourists across the globe. We make our local and foreign tourists feel at home. We share love and peace with dignity and honour. @[email protected] should pull this ad down with an apology to the people of Kashmir.”