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Akshay Kumar apologises for holding India’s flag upside down during World Cup Final

The actor was cheering for India's women's cricket team during the World Cup final against England at Lord's. 

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Keyur Seta

Actor Akshay Kumar has rendered an apology on Twitter after posting a picture of him mistakenly holding the Indian flag upside down, while cheering for the team. The World Cup Final was played against England in London’s Lord’s stadium yesterday (23 July) . 

He captioned the picture, “#WomenInBlue we are rooting for you! #WWC17Final #INDvENG.” Little did he realise that he had inversed the Indian flag he was holding. This was enough to fuel social media outrage for allegedly insulting the national flag. 

Akshay soon realised this and removed the picture. He wrote another tweet apologising: “Extending my sincerest apology for violating the code of conduct for the tricolor. Didn't mean to offend anyone,the picture has been removed.” 

The actor was in London to promote his upcoming movie, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, which will be released on 11 August, in the week of the upcoming Independence Day (15 August). Given that the film specifically discusses problems faced by women due to the lack of toilets in India, the women's cricket match made for an ideal platform to promote the film.

The picture for which Akshay was trolled.

Indian team eventually lost the match after a close chase. The actor spoke with a couple of Indian players after the match. He posted the moment and captioned it, “Even Broken Hearts Can Laugh!! These Women have started a revolution & I couldn't be more proud  #WWC17Final.”