I am very proud to be an In­dian: Ak­shay

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In­ter­est­ingly, on the same day that Aamir Khan made head­lines with his views on in­tol­er­ance in In­dia, ac­tor Ak­shay Ku­mar said he is proud of his coun­try. “I am very proud to be an In­dian, and will al­ways be,” said the ac­tor.

An­other is­sue that re­cently cre­ated a lot of buzz was artistes re­turn­ing their awards. When asked to com­ment on it, Ak­shay says, “I be­lieve one should not harm any­one or dam­age any property. Even if there’s a protest, it should be done peace­fully.”

Over the last few years, Ak­shay has starred in sev­eral hits like Spe­cial 26 (2013), Hol­i­day: A Sol­dier Is Never Off Duty (2014), Baby and Gab­bar Is Back. And all th­ese films have direct or in­di­rect ref­er­ences to real-life in­ci­dents and peo­ple. Ask him why he is do­ing movies based on real-life in­ci­dents, and he says, “I really want to do such films. I find real sto­ries ex­tremely fas­ci­nat­ing. I think I am in a po­si­tion to choose the kinds of films I want to do.”

The ac­tor says that real sto­ries are “in­ter­est­ing” to watch on the big screen. “You may have heard or read about real in­ci­dents or his­tor­i­cal events, but watch­ing them vis­ually on screen is very in­ter­est­ing. For in­stance, if I were to show you on screen how Shivaji (In­dian war­rior king) fought valiantly in wars, you would be more in­ter­ested,” says Ak­shay, whose next is also based on a real-life in­ci­dent that took place in 1990 dur­ing the Gulf War.

I really want to do such films. I find real sto­ries ex­tremely fas­ci­nat­ing

Ak­shay Ku­mar, ac­tor

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