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Father knows best

Actor Akshay Kumar wants son Aarav to learn the value of hard work and be a responsible citizen. Read on for more.

hollywood Updated: Jun 24, 2010 02:17 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

AkshayAkshay Kumar couldn’t be happier. The hard-working actor is on a cruise aboard a luxury liner and enjoying every minute of a well-deserved vacation. "I got to spend Father’s Day with my son Aarav and my wife Tina (Twinkle). I intend to spend more time with my son now because that’s what a boy his age needs" says Akki.

Ask him about the one thing he didn’t get as a child that he’d want to gift his son, and the loving father replies, "Even though I came from a humble background, I got everything I asked for. My father taught me the value of hard work and I would want to pass that on to Aarav, too."

Quiz him on what he’d have gifted his father today, had he still been around, and Akshay says, “I would want to give him my time… More of it.” The actor makes sure to teach his son to be a responsible citizen. “I was dropping him to his school the other day. We stopped at a signal and a child came begging to us. Aarav gave his lunch box to him. He has a good heart.”

Does he see Aarav performing death-defying stunts just like his dad one day? Akshay replies, “Once, when he was very young, while I was talking to him, he suddenly started doing somersaults on the bed. That’s when I realised he had fitness in his blood. Aarav is currently training in parkour and the martial arts. We also make it a point to play cricket after I get home from shooting.”

That said, Akshay says he will never force his choices on his son. “I want Aarav to have his own space. He’s training in parkour only because he enjoys it.”

He adds that having a son has changed him for the better. “I feel more responsible now and have greater respect for my father. Aarav looks at me like I’m his hero and makes me want to go out there and conquer the world.” As for his son’s favourite Akshay Kumar movie, he reveals, “Fortunately, Aarav loves all my films. He is my best audience and Tina is my worst critic.”