Akshay Kumar meets Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub

Akshay Kumar, who attended an event in Dubai recently, had a long conversation with famed Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub.

bollywood Updated: Mar 15, 2016 18:59 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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Akshay Kumar with Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub.

A couple of days back, B-Town stars Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan rubbed shoulders with Hollywood actors like Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey on the sidelines of The Global Teacher Prize in Dubai, UAE. Soon enough, their glitzy meetings took the Internet and the media by storm.

Interestingly, we have got to know that amidst all the star-studded selfies, Akshay went out of his way to “meet and chat” with Hanan Al Hroub, a Palestinian elementary teacher from Bethlehem, in the West Bank, who won a $1 million prize for her outstanding contribution to her profession. Her name, as the winner, was announced by Pope Francis via a video message. An insider says, “Akshay personally found out where Hanan was seated during the ceremony, and met her once the formal function was over. Shaking her hand, Akshay said that he was honoured to meet her and shake her hand, as she ‘has only given knowledge and blessings to people without asking for anything in return’.”

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Apparently, Hanan — who grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp — was pleasantly surprised to receive all the praise, and couldn’t thank the actor enough. “Akshay also told her that he hopes that some of her good-heartedness, kindness and perspective of the world rubs off on him too,” adds the insider.

We tried contacting Akshay, but he remained unavailable for a comment.

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First Published: Mar 15, 2016 18:59 IST