Actor Akshay Kumar has always flaunted his Punjabi roots. He has shot for songs in the language, played hardcore Punjabi characters in films such as, Singh is Kinng (2008) and Namastey London (2007) and is also making his debut in the Punjabi film industry.
However, the star feels that his kids — Aarav (11-year-old) and Nitara (who just turned one) — should also stay in touch with their Punjabi roots. To ensure they learn the language well, he’s decided to speak to Aarav and even baby Nitara in Punjabi, and even instructed his staff to speak in the language around them.
“Since Akshay and his family stay in Mumbai, Aarav speaks English and Hindi. But Akshay is keen that his kids learn Punjabi. So he’s started speaking Punjabi when around them. He has instructed close friends, family and staff to speak as much Punjabi as possible,” says an insider close to Akshay.
“At home, both Akshay and wife Twinkle Khanna celebrate various festivals, like Diwali and Holi, to stay in touch with their traditional values. And ensuring that his kids learn Punjabi is a step in the same direction,” adds the insider. Akshay couldn’t be reached for a comment.
Akshay’s Punjabi connect
Akshay played a the role of a Punjabi in Namastey London, Singh Is Kinng, Patiala House (2011) and Khiladi 786 (2012).
Last year, Punjabi rapper Honey Singh sang ‘Lonely lonely’ in the actor’s film, Khiladi 786. With the songs in his new film, Boss, Akshay has associated again with the singer.
He will be seen doing an extended cameo in his Punjabi home production, Ba Ji In Problem.
Kabaddi World Cup: For the past couple of years, he has been present at the annual Kabaddi World Cup held in Punjab.