Interestingly, on the same day that Aamir Khan made headlines with his views on intolerance in India, actor Akshay Kumar said he is proud of his country. “I am very proud to be an Indian, and will always be,” said the actor.
Another issue that recently created a lot of buzz was artistes returning their awards. When asked to comment on it, Akshay says, “I believe one should not harm anyone or damage any property. Even if there’s a protest, it should be done peacefully.”
Over the last few years, Akshay has starred in several hits like Special 26 (2013), Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty (2014), Baby and Gabbar Is Back. And all these films have direct or indirect references to real-life incidents and people. Ask him why he is doing movies based on real-life incidents, and he says, “I really want to do such films. I find real stories extremely fascinating. I think I am in a position to choose the kinds of films I want to do.”
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The actor says that real stories are “interesting” to watch on the big screen. “You may have heard or read about real incidents or historical events, but watching them visually on screen is very interesting. For instance, if I were to show you on screen how Shivaji (Indian warrior king) fought valiantly in wars, you would be more interested,” says Akshay, whose next is also based on a real-life incident that took place in 1990 during the Gulf War.