On 29 April, Mumbai went to vote for the Lok Sabha elections, where most of the stars including Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Amir Khan and others cast their votes. However, the Patriot star Akshay Kumar was nowhere to be seen. On this people and media started questioning about the presence and citizenship of the actor.
On this Akshay Kumar sent his statement four days later, “I have never hidden or denied that I hold a Canadian Passport. I work in India, and pay all my taxes in India.” The actor who is well known for all his patriotic roles and movies on the big screen, but his absence from the voting booths of the Lok Sabha elections started questions and trolling among his fans
Now Akshay Kumar has officially issued his statement clarifying his Canadian citizenship “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.”
He added “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 and 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 better.”
The Bollywood actor shared his reasons behind circumstances for getting a Canadian passport at HT Leadership Summit “There was a time when 14 films of mine flopped and I thought that I might have to take up something else to support myself. One of my closest friends stays in Canada and he asked me to come here. He said we will work together on something. He is also Indian but stays there. Then I started my process, got my passport and other stuff because I thought my career has ended. I won’t get work here anymore. It was just that my 15th film worked and after that, I never looked back. I kept going on and on. But I never thought of getting my passport replaced,” said Akshay. He also mentioned that he has decided to apply for Indian passport “I have applied for it because I feel sad that people have stuck to this point that I have to show my passport to prove that I am Indian. It hurts me. So I don’t want to give anyone an opportunity and so I have applied for it.” He said.