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Akshay Kumar says his Canadian citizenship ‘of no consequence to others’, adds he doesn’t need to prove his love for India

Akshay Kumar has said that he is disappointed he is forced to prove his love for India, and that his Canadian citizenship should be no one’s business.

bollywood Updated: May 03, 2019 17:56 IST
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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar attends the HT India's Most Stylish Awards 2019' ceremony in Mumbai.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar attends the HT India's Most Stylish Awards 2019' ceremony in Mumbai.(AFP)
         

Actor Akshay Kumar has responded to scrutiny surrounding his citizenship. Known for the patriotic and socially relevant cinema, Akshay didn’t vote in the Lok Sabha elections because he is a Canadian citizen. The actor has now said in a Twitter statement that the issue should be ‘of no consequence to others’, adding that he would continue to contribute to the causes that he believes in and to make the country stronger.

He 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. Lastly, I would like to continue contributing in my small way to the causes that I believe in and make India stronger and stronger.”

 

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The spotlight on his citizenship has long been a topic of debate among fans, but the conversation reached a fever pitch recently after Akshay conducted a ‘non-political interview’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interaction with Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar on non-political issues at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interaction with Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar on non-political issues at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.

More recently, when the actor was asked about the situation he finds himself him, which restricts him from voting in the elections, he declined to comment. In a 2017 interview to Times Now, he said, “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’s recent output has leaned heavily on socially relevant films such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, PadMan and Kesari.

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