After making headlines for not casting his vote in the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, Akshay Kumar issued a statement regarding his Canadian citizenship which many speculated was the reason behind his absence at the polling booth.
The Kesari actor took to Twitter and wrote, “I really don’t understand the unwarranted interest and negativity about my citizenship. I have never hidden or denied that I hold a Canadian passport. It is also equally true that I have not visited Canada in the last seven years. I work in India, and pay all my taxes in India. While all these years, I have never needed to prove my love for India to anyone, I find it disappointing that my citizenship issue is constantly dragged into needless controversy, a matter that is personal, legal, non-political, and of no consequence to others. I would like to continue contributing in my small way to the causes that I believe in and make India stronger and stronger.”
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 3, 2019
After Akshay Kumar’s statement, Paresh Rawal came out in support of his frequent collaborator. Paresh, who is also a BJP MP, wrote on Twitter, “One of the most honest and straightforward human being I have ever come across in my film career and life . Every word spoken here is a TRUTH and we are all with you @akshaykumar. Let the irrelevants boo and bark.”
Film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi tweeted, “Straightforward & sensible. @akshaykumar has contributed a lot more to the Indian film fraternity, the Indian economy and charitable / social causes in India than the people who are criticising him for the passport he holds. Hope this ends the silly rants & abusive rubbish here.”
RJ Salil Acharya also tweeted in favour of Akshay, writing, “Hes always been the highest tax payer and i think thats the biggest statement that he can make towards indias prosperity and growth story #respect @akshaykumar.”
Maharashtra went to polls on April 29. While the entire film fraternity, including B-town biggies like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan, exercised their ballot, Akshay Kumar was nowhere to be seen.
From headlining films with patriotic themes, endorsing government schemes to recently conducting an ‘apolitical interview’ with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the last five years has seen Akshay wear patriotism on his sleeves at every given opportunity.