Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar said “I have applied for Indian citizenship and I’ll soon be getting my passport”
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is one of the most loved superstars of Indian Cinema for a variety of reasons. He is known for his super entertaining films, spread across genres. He’s a riot when he appears in front of the media. Not only onscreen the actor makes good use of his superstar image for various social causes off-screen too. Unfortunately, the actor gets incessantly trolled over his citizenship. Its just before few years back its came into news that the superstar has citizenship of Canada. As the result of which, his critics often argue that he has no right to talk about patriotism or other causes about India as he himself isn’t an Indian citizen anymore. He didn’t vote during the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 earlier this year and it caused a huge storm. At last, he had to release a statement wherein for the first time; he made it clear that indeed holds a Canadian passport.
Now the actor opened up like never before on this topic. In the 17th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi, Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan were on stage where he was asked about the Canadian citizenship row.
Akshay Kumar explained why he took it in the first place. He said, “Bahut pehle ki baat hai. Almost 14 films of mine had flopped. Main soch raha tha ki kuch aur bhi karna padega shayad. Now one of my closest friends stays in Canada. I was telling him about my films getting flopped and he told me, ‘Akshay tu idhar aa ja. Hum milke kaam karte hai.’ He is also of Indian origin and resides in Canada. So I started the process of getting a Canadian passport and ultimately working there. I did this because I feared ki Bollywood mein mera career shayad khatam ho gaya. However, as luck would have it, my 15th film became a hit. And then I never looked back. Lekin maine kabhi nahi socha ki main passport ko badlu. But now let me tell you that I have applied for (Indian passport). This is because mujhe bahut dukh hota hai ki log yeh cheez pakad ke baith jaate hai. Main Hindustani hoon yeh dikhane ke liye mujhe ek choti si copy dikhani padegi aur woh hai mera passport. This hurts me. Isliye, main kisi ko mauka nahi dena chahta hoon. So yeah, I have applied for Indian citizenship and I’ll soon be getting my passport.”
In order to prove his point, he also said to the audience that his wife Twinkle Khanna never changed her nationality. “Aisa hota toh meri patni ko bhi main Canadian bana deta. My wife is very much Indian, my son is Indian. Everybody in my family is all Indian. Main mere taxes yahan bharta hoon. Mera jeevan hi idhar hai.”
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Content Courtesy: Bollywood Hungama