Actor Akshay Kumar has answered to the growing controversy over his citizenship in a statement clarifying it that he has never kept it hidden that he holds a Canadian passport. And yes, he’s not lying! Google says this right from the time he acquired a Canadian citizenship.
Akshay’s citizenship status has been a hot topic over the past few days with many claiming that he holds a Canadian citizenship rather than an Indian one. The debate was only intensified by his conspicuous absence from polling booths when Mumbai went to polls on 29 April despite having recently hosted a “completely non-political” interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Answering to the growing questions about his status, the actor replied, “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.”
Also, before while promoting his film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha in a 2017 interview with Times Now, Akshay had clearly mentioned that his Canadian citizenship is purely honorary.
“About the Canadian thing, I am an honorary citizen. I’ve been given an honorary thing. I think it’s a thing that people should be proud about. I have an honorary doctorate also but I am not a Doctor. So this is what people have to understand,” the actor said.
The controversy if looked into deeply makes no sense, as to why to dig into things that have cleared from beforehand? Just to mess things up during elections? Well, that’s something not new in our country for sure.
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