In a strong denouncement of Poonam Pandey's recent controversial cancer awareness stunt, Babil Khan, the son of the late actor Irrfan Khan, expressed his displeasure and frustration over the insensitive tactic employed by the model actor. Poonam Pandey's stunt involved falsely claiming to be "dead from cervical cancer" to spread awareness about the disease.
Having lost his father to cancer and a subsequent colon infection in April 2020, Babil Khan took to his Instagram stories to criticize Poonam Pandey's approach, emphasizing the need for responsible awareness without resorting to sensationalism.
"I don't know what the f**k that was about Poonam Pandey's demise, but it just feels wrong. I'm trying not to care but it is making me feel really angry. Awareness can be spread, faking statements of death should not be something that we rely upon to do so as individuals in a collective society. (Bro long story short, this is the worst way to raise awareness about cancer and my intuition roars sensing malice.). PLEASE DONT F**K WITH CANCER AWARENESS (sic)," wrote Babil on his Instagram handle.
The actor stressed that Poonam Pandey's stunt is "the worst way to raise awareness about cancer," expressing his intuition that malice may be involved. He urged people not to undermine the seriousness of cancer-related issues by trivializing them for publicity.
Following Poonam Pandey's announcement of being alive and her clarification on cervical cancer, Babil Khan's criticism adds to the growing condemnation of the controversial awareness strategy. Social media users and various celebrities have also expressed their disapproval of the extreme measures taken by Poonam Pandey to spread awareness about cervical cancer.
While Poonam Pandey emphasized the importance of cervical cancer prevention and early detection in her subsequent post, the cinema workers' body has demanded the filing of an FIR against her for staging the death hoax. The controversy surrounding Poonam Pandey's actions continues to spark discussions on the ethical boundaries of awareness campaigns.
As the debate unfolds, Babil Khan's strong words contribute to the growing chorus condemning the misuse of sensitive issues for publicity stunts in the name of awareness.